Postgraduate Module Descriptor

LAWM075: Copyright Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits30 ECTS Value15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (12 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr James Griffin (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


On the module, you will examine the legal rules and principles involved in copyright law. In addition to analysing the substantive laws, you will consider the underlying theoretical rationale of copyright law. You will look at several diverse issues, from the historical development of copyright law through to more recent issues, such as the rise of peer-to-peer file sharing. By drawing on a number of legal and non-legal materials, you will explore the complex social, economic and political context in which the copyright regulatory system operates. The module considers both US and UK law. The module requires a sound understanding of the principles of the legal system. There are, however, no specific pre-requisite or co-requisite modules that need to be undertaken. Any student may take the module, but it is best suited to those who have some existing legal knowledge.

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