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School of Law

SOLM303 EU Digital Copyright Law

Module description

The module introduces students to fundamental problems and concepts pertaining to copyright law in digital environments. The module focuses on the divergent interests of various stakeholders, such as authors, exploiters, consumers, as well as – more generally - the public interest, that challenge law making today specifically in the EU. The module addresses topics ranging from exclusive rights and limitations, technological protection measures, the relationship between IP and fundamental rights, and online enforcement amongst others. Emphasis will be placed on Directive 2001/29/EC on Certain Aspects of Copyright and Related Rights in the Information Society, which will provide the starting point, and the role and jurisprudence of the European Court of Justice. We will look at the interface between international norms and market integration and the increasingly important role of fundamental rights as factors in balancing the interests. The module covers the most relevant aspects from the perspective of European Union law and relevant national law. A good understanding of basic copyright principles will be of benefit though there is no expectation of knowledge with regard to European Union law as such.

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15 Credits

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