LL4N6      Half Unit
Principles of Copyright Law

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Ms Anne Barron NAB6.05


This course is available on the MSc in Law and Accounting, Master of Laws and Master of Laws (extended part-time study). This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

This course will be relevant to the following LLM specialisms: Competition, Innovation and Trade Law, Corporate and/or Commercial Law; Information Technology, Media and Communications Law; Intellectual Property Law.

This course is capped at 30 students. Students must apply through Graduate Course Choice on LSE for You.

Course content

The course provides an introduction to copyright law aimed at those who have not studied the subject in detail before. The starting point will be UK copyright law (as shaped by relevant EU Directives and international agreements), but US, French and German law will serve as occasional bases for comparative analysis. Topics to be covered will include the history and evolution of copyright, copyright’s protected objects (‘works’) and subjects (authors, publishers and producers of works), the principles governing the ownership and exploitation of copyright, and the nature and scope of copyright protection.


20 hours of seminars in the LT. 2 hours of seminars in the ST.

Formative coursework

One 2,000 word essay.

Indicative reading

Estelle Derclaye (ed.) Research Handbook on the Future of EU Copyright (Edward Elgar: Cheltenham, 2009); Mireille van Eechoud et al., Harmonizing European Copyright Law (Kluwer, 2009); Paul Goldstein and Benrt Hugenholtz International Copyright: Principles, Law and Practice 2nd ed. (OUP, 2010); Silke von Lewinski, International Copyright Law and Policy (OUP 2008); Michael M. Walter and Silke von Lewinski, European Copyright Law: A Commentary (Oxford: OUP, 2010).


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.

Key facts

Department: Law

Total students 2012/13: Unavailable

Average class size 2012/13: Unavailable

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Communication
  • Specialist skills