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This course will deal with legal and theoretical aspects of copyright and information law.


This course will deal with legal and theoretical aspects of copyright and information law. It will also explore the inherent tensions between normative protection and access systems for copyright and informational right, in the era of the Internet, big data, copyright expansionism and data commodification.

Copyright law protects original literary, artistic, and dramatic and musical works etc. whilst information law protects and regulates access to critical information of personal and commercial nature. The course offers an exceptional opportunity for the study of the two specialist areas of law, while highlighting the differences, overlaps and the symbiotic relationship between copyright and information law.

This course can be taken individually or combined over a period of time towards a Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development

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About this course

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Copyright law confers exclusive but limited monopoly right on authors or proprietors of creative works that range from literary, artistic, musical, to sound recordings. Information law deals with the protection of, and access to information, which could be personal or commercial in nature.

With regards to the copyright element of the course, the following topics shall be discussed in depth: conceptual and historical analyses of copyright; rationale for copyright protection; categories of copyright works: literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, sound recordings, broadcast, film, etc.; originality and copyright; database protection; copyright protection for computer programs; the scope of copyright monopoly and limitations; digital copyright and technological protection measures; copyright infringement, remedies, and defences; copyright and human rights; collecting society and copyright licencing systems; creative commons licence and alternatives to copyright.

With regards to the information law element of the course, the following topics shall be discussed in depth: normative concept of information; types of information; protectable information; information as data; big data and information commodification; personal data protection; confidential information; trade secret; and access to information.

Overall, the course will examine the symbiotic relationship between copyright and informational rights, within the contexts of the multiple normative systems that define, protect, frame and delimit access to copyright and information.

This course should be of interest to legal practitioners; data protection officers/managers; information officers; and people working in the creative and communication industry such as television, radio, social media, art, designs, fashion, etc.

Linked programmes

LLM Commercial Law, PgCertPD Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development


100% Exam – written examination in early January 2018. Weekly seminar questions prepare participants for the written examination.


This course requires weekly attendance on Wednesdays from 2.15pm – 5pm for twelve weeks starting Wednesday 27 September 2017.

Entry requirements

Any undergraduate degree.

English Language Requirements

International applicants whose first language is not English must meet the minimum English entrance requirements of the University, which is a minimum acceptable score for the British Council IELTS of 6.0 (with no contributing band of less than 5.5) or equivalent.

Start dates

  • 27 September 2017
How to apply


The following page explains the postgraduate short course application procedure:

How to apply

Start dates

  • 27 September 2017

Fees and funding

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