Module code: LAWM141

Module Overview

Study of aspects of intellectual property law relevant to the creative industries. The focus will be on UK and European law, but international aspects will be considered.

Module provider

School of Law

Module Leader

EHRENBERG Kenneth (Schl of Law)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: M200

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Intellectual property in the creative industries:

  • Copyright and design law in the fields of recorded music, books and films and fashion collections;

  • personality rights from a comparative perspective;

  • passing off, especially as regards get-up of products created and exchanged in the fashion industry;

  • trade marks for colours and shapes, and ‘non-traditional’ signs such as perfumes.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework 3,000 WORD COURSEWORK 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

Assessment Strategy: To give students the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge, understanding, analytical ability and sense of relevance in applying principles to new, unseen scenarios or discussion topics, and critically discuss possible legal solutions.

Module aims

  • To introduce students to aspects of intellectual property relevant to the creative industries (or to deepen students’ existing understanding of intellectual property rights in specific markets) at national, European and International levels by applying intellectual property principles inter alia in the fields on music, films and fashion.
  • To develop an appreciation of the commercial significance of intellectual property.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Knowledge and Understanding. At the end of the course students should: K
002 Be able to discuss and analyse the laws of copyright and design, breach of confidence, passing off, trade marks, and the rationales for their protection; K
003 Be able to understand and discuss the policy behind legislative developments and to assess their commercial significance for the industries involved. K
004 Skills. At the end of the course students should have furthered their command of the following skills so as to have the ability to: CPT
005 Carry out research on a topic which has both doctrinal and commercial aspects and use a variety of sources, including international conventions, statutory law, case law and standard form contracts; CPT
006 Appraise the legal impact of intellectual property relevant to specific creative industries; CPT
007 Criticallyconstruct a legal argument using statement, explanation, analysis, criticism and proposal. CPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Methods of Teaching / Learning

Two-hour seminars weekly.

The seminars are meant to be student-led with the module convenor acting as a facilitator of discussions. They are designed to be interactive so as to promote student-centred learning. In this context, students will be expected to have researched topic areas and to apply that research when discussing key issues and developments. Students will also be asked to prepare presentations on particular topics at the sessions. The critical ability of students in understanding and discussing key issues will be encouraged and fostered.

In this respect, the teaching and learning strategy is designed to promote skills in critical analysis. It is also designed to stimulate independent and private study using paper-based and electronic sources so as to develop a critical understanding of the subject.



Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
International Commercial Law LLM 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.