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LAW8720 International and Comparative Copyright Law

Short Description: Int Comparative Copyright Law
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Law and Justice
Student contribution band : Band 3
ASCED code : 090909 - International Law
Grading basis : Graded


Pre-requisite:(LAW5111 and LAW5112) or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: LLBH or LLMC

Other requisites

Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at


This course addresses the fundamental principles of copyright law. It examines copyright legislation in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States, and international instruments, free trade agreements, and treaties: the Berne Convention, the TRIPS Agreement, the Rome Convention, the WIPO Copyright Treaty (WCT), the WIPO Performance and Phonograms Treaty (WPPT) and the Marrakesh Treaty. It considers copyright challenges in the networked digital environment; particularly the protection of digital works, limitations and exceptions, liability of intermediaries and online service providers (OSPs) and internet users, digital rights management (DRM), anti-circumvention rules and novel developments related to data mining and block-chain technologies. It also considers contemporary debates relating to access to knowledge (A2K), WIPO Development Agenda, creative commons (CC), protection of traditional knowledge (TK) and cultural expressions, relationship with human rights and sustainable development.

Introductory materials and classes will be available for students who have not previously studied intellectual property law.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2019 Online