UK, EU & US Copyright Law

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MA, PG Dip

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Distance Learning

| Admissions status: Open
For practising lawyers, regulators, academics or if you have a specific need for knowledge in this area. Modules: UK Copyright Law I; UK Copyright Law II & US Copyright Law; French & German Copyright Law; EU & International Copyright Law.

KEY BENEFITS
  • Gives an in-depth insight into the general principles and practice of copyright law.
  • Programme materials written by experts in the field.
  • Can be studied anywhere in the world by distance learning.
  • Located in the heart of legal London.
KEY FACTS
Student destinations
This programme enables practitioners to further progress in their chosen profession.
Programme leader/s
Professor Tanya Aplin
Accreditation
CPD accredited by Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board.
Awarding Institution
King's College London
Credit value (UK/ECTS equivalent)
MA 180, PgDip 120 / ECTS: MA 90, PgDip 60
Duration
Two years for MA, one year for PG Diploma PT (distance learning), October to October.
Location
Distance learning with two/three weekend seminars in central London.
Year of entry 2015
Offered by
The Dickson Poon School of Law
Closing date
The deadline for applications is 11 September 2015 for 2015 entry. Late applications for the PG Dip may be considered. Note that funding deadlines may be earlier. Applications will be considered subject to availability of places, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. International applications are now closed to allow sufficient time for visa processing.
Intake
Approximately 50.
Fees
PT Home: £5600 (PG Dip 2015/6); 3060 (MA second year 2015/6)
PT Overseas: £5600 (PG Dip 2015/6); 3060 (MA second year 2015/6)
CONTACTS
Contact information
Centre of European Law, The Dickson Poon School of Law
tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 2387
fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 2443
Email Website

PURPOSE
For practising lawyers, regulators, academics and those with a specific need for knowledge of EU Copyright and related law. To provide a general understanding of the substantive rules of EU law concerning copyright and related matters and the relation between domestic copyright protection and EU law.

DESCRIPTION
The following topics are included in the syllabus (not every topic will be offered each year):
  • The law of copyright in the general context of intellectual property.
  • General introduction to the principles of copyright law both in copyright and continental systems.
  • Copyright in its national, regional and international context (including Copyright Conventions and the TRIPS Agreement).
  • The work of the European Commission in its Copyright Harmonisation Programme.
  • The subject matter of copyright and related rights.
  • Authorship and ownership (including the position regarding employees).
  • Duration of copyright; exclusive rights.
  • Infringement.
  • Parallel imports.
  • Civil and criminal remedies.
  • Dealings with copyright.
  • Moral rights.
  • Performers' rights.
  • Copyright and designs.
  • Copyright, competition and Community law.
  • UK and US law in detail and French and German law in outline.
  • Research methods.


STRUCTURE OVERVIEW
Core programme content
Module 1
  • Historical Background, International Background and General Principles;
  • UK Copyright Law;
  • Copyright Subject Matter;
  • Protection Criteria, Beneficiaries of Protection
  • Economic Rights, Moral Rights
Module 2
  • Limitations and Exceptions;
  • Infringement;
  • United States Copyright Law;
  • Limitations and Exceptions.

Module 3

  • General Outline of French and German Laws on Author's Rights and Related Rights;
  • Law of the European Union;
  • Rental/Lending and Related Rights Directive;
  • Computer Programme Directive;
  • Current Issues and International Harmonisation.


FORMAT AND ASSESSMENT
Compulsory assignments and examination for the Postgraduate Diploma. MA: dissertation.


ACADEMIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
General entry advice

Applicants must normally hold a 2:1 undergraduate degree (or international equivalent) in law or  a related discipline, or be a qualified barrister or solicitor.

Applications from candidates who have achieved a comparable academic level through past studies and where previous study, work or experience has made the applicant a suitable candidate for admission may also be considered.

NON ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS
Enhanced criminal conviction check
Occupational Health clearance required?

APPLYING TO KING'S
To apply for graduate study at King's you will need to complete our graduate online application form. Applying online makes applying easier and quicker for you, and means we can receive your application faster and more securely.
King's does not normally accept paper copies of the graduate application form as applications must be made online. However, if you are unable to access the online graduate application form, please contact the relevant admissions/School Office at King's for advice.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

All students apply through Informa for the Diploma, not through King's College London. The application form is attached to the web page accessible via the "apply here" link above.

We aim to turn around applications within four weeks.



PERSONAL STATEMENT & SUPPORTING INFORMATION

Personal statement and reference.



FUNDING
Self-funded.


Staff profiles

UK, EU & US Copyright Law MA, PG Dip

Professor Tanya Aplin specialises in the area of Intellectual Property Law, having joined the Dickson Poon School of Law in September 2002 as a Lecturer. She was previously a Lecturer in Law at Robinson College, Cambridge, and a Research Fellow at Murdoch University. Professor Aplin graduated from Murdoch University, Western Australia with LLB and BA degrees and from the University of Oxford with a BCL and D Phil. She has been a visiting scholar at Boalt School of Law, UCB; a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland; a Senior Visiting Fellow at the School of Law, University of New South Wales and a Senior Fellow at Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne.

Professor Aplin was formerly Head of Education in the School of Law (2008-2012) and is presently Director of the King’s Postgraduate Diploma/MA in UK, EU and US Copyright Law and Director of the LLM in Intellectual Property and Information Law. Professor Aplin’s research lies in the field of intellectual property law. She has published extensively on how digital technologies are regulated by copyright law at an international, European and UK level. Her most recent work concerns the protection of trade secrets and confidential information, with a particular emphasis on the way in which privacy-based decisions are affecting the shape of the action as a whole.