Friday 12 August 2016

Learning copyright long distance: the new edition of a popular course

The 1709 Blog has learned that the 2016-2017 prospectus of the Distance Learning Programme leading to a Postgraduate Diploma/Masters in UK, EU & US Copyright Law is now available online.

Organised by the Centre of European Law at King’s College London, this popular course allows participants to acquire detailed knowledge of copyright in a number of jurisdictions. In addition, it does not require participants to reside in London for the duration of the programme, thus allowing them to continue working and studying in their own cities and countries.  

More specifically, as explained by Prof Tanya Aplin (the Course Director),

"The programme provides tuition from one of Europe’s leading centres in European Law and is studied on a distance learning basis, thereby avoiding crucial time spent away from your place of work. Completing this rigorous programme will give you a competitive advantage in a difficult job market. 

The programme aims to provide you with an in-depth and up-to-date knowledge of the general principles of copyright law, mainly focusing on the law in the United Kingdom, the principles of United States copyright law and the major ‘copyright’ Directives of the European Union. Benefit from a highly relevant programme that will: 

• Introduce the main international copyright conventions in the field; 
• Deal with rights in literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works, films, sound recordings, broadcasts, cable programmes, computer programs and databases, performers’ rights and publishers’ rights; 
• Cover both theoretical aspects and questions which arise in practice, in particular concerning infringement and available remedies; 
• Include a unit devoted to the French and German laws on author’s rights and related rights; 
• Examine thoroughly United States Copyright Law in two units; 
• Conclude with the main challenges in the field of copyright, in particular those arising from international communication through satellite and the internet, and from digital technology generally. 

"Relaxing" on the copyright
exceptions chapter
The programme is spread over 8 months starting on 3rd October 2016 and ending with an examination at King’s College London in May 2017. The units will be dispatched at fortnightly intervals. These will take you systematically through the whole subject. Units will consist of text, suggestions for further reading, assignments, questions and model answers: annexes will contain reference materials. 

There will be three optional weekend seminars held in London in December 2016, February 2017 and April 2017 which will provide an opportunity for revision of the programme, for discussion, preparation for the examination and for you to meet fellow students and your programme tutors. 

In 2015 this Diploma/MA received on overall satisfaction rate of 100% (Russell Group average 85%) from the students in the PTES, Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey. The Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London was also rated top in the UK for world-leading research in the Research Excellence Framework 2014."

If you wish to learn more about the course and its details, click here.

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