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LAWS13-546: Copyright and Entertainment Law


Copyright and Entertainment Law is an elective subject in undergraduate programs offered by the Faculty of Law. This subject examines in detail the copyright and creative arts aspects of intellectual property law. Attention will be given to the Copyright Act, concentrating on the most recent cases, as well as developments in the entertainment industry, in new technologies and new media and communication systems. The rights of entertainers, of producers of copyright products (books, films, sound recordings, videos) and of consumers will be considered. The protection of software by the Copyright Act will also be examined.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Law
Semesters offered
  • September 2022 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2023 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Law
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2022: $3,950
  • Commencing in 2023: $4,050

Learning outcomes

1. Familiarise the basic structures, principles and core provisions of the Copyright Act relevant to entertainment industries. 2. Problem solve issues spotting across a range of issues within those aspects of copyright law relevant to the entertainment industries. 3. Familiarise and understand the emerging issues in copyright law (eg internet-based copyright exploitation and infringement; liability of intermediaries such as ISPs; digital copyright issues). 4. Understand some basic legal issues in the entertainment industries such as celebrity rights and privacy.

Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?


Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.

Assumed Prior Learning (or equivalent):

Restrictions: ?

Students must be admitted into a Bachelor law degree or Bachelor of Laws combined degree or be an approved Law Study Abroad OR Law exchange student.

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens17/07/2022
Semester start12/09/2022
Subject start12/09/2022
Cancellation 1?26/09/2022
Cancellation 2?03/10/2022
Last enrolment25/09/2022
Withdraw – Financial?08/10/2022
Withdraw – Academic?29/10/2022
Teaching census?07/10/2022