University of Technology Sydney

77903 Copyright Law

Requisite(s): ((22 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C07122 Graduate Diploma Legal Studies OR 22 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04264 Master of Legal Studies)) OR 77905c Preparing for Intellectual Property Practice OR ((94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04236 Juris Doctor OR 142 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04250 Juris Doctor Master of Business Administration OR 94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04363 Juris Doctor Master of Intellectual Property OR 94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04364 Juris Doctor Graduate Certificate Trade Mark Law and Practice) AND 70106c Principles of Public International Law AND 70107c Principles of Company Law) OR (94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04320 Juris Doctor Graduate Certificate Professional Legal Practice AND 70106 Principles of Public International Law)
The lower case 'c' after the subject code indicates that the subject is a corequisite. See definitions for details.
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Anti-requisite(s): 76084 Intellectual Property: Copyright and Designs AND 78195 Copyright Law


Copyright law deals with intangible, creative and informational assets. It is an area of growing commercial and cultural importance, that is frequently enmeshed in debate over the impact of changing technologies and economic and social practices. In this subject, students learn the principles of copyright law and develop an understanding of the doctrinal law of copyright in terms of the relevant statutory frameworks and their application in the case law. Students gain an understanding of where copyright law fits within the broader field of intellectual property law, as well as the international environment in which it operates. The subject provides an in-depth examination of what copyright law protects, how infringement occurs and how exceptions to infringement operate. It also covers the areas of moral rights and performers rights, and allows students to explore current issues, such as traditional cultural expressions and the challenges posed by rapidly changing technologies. Students also learn about dealings with copyright, litigation processes and remedies.

The subject combines a practical and theoretical approach which both enriches students' understanding of the complex public and private interests at play and prepares them for a career in legal practice or general commerce.

Accordingly, students develop legal knowledge and skills in critical analysis and evaluation, problem-solving and research skills. Together, these skills and knowledge enable students to critique theoretical, jurisprudential and policy issues as well as the laws, cases, practices and policies in this area.

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