LL4N6      Half Unit
Principles of Copyright Law

This information is for the 2023/24 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Martin Husovec

Other Staff Involved: Dr Luke McDonagh


This course is available on the LLM (extended part-time), LLM (full-time) and University of Pennsylvania Law School LLM Visiting Students. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.


This course has a limited number of places and demand is typically high. This may mean that you’re not able to get a place on this course.

Course content

The course explains the foundations and structure of copyright law. It is aimed at those who have not studied the subject in detail before but also those wishing to deepen their understanding of copyright law in the comparative context. Topics to be covered will include the history and evolution of copyright, protected subject matter, the scope of the economic and moral rights, and the principles underlying copyright enforcement. The course looks primarily at the European system, mostly as implemented in the UK.


This course will have 20 hours of teaching content in Autumn Term and an additional two hours of teaching in the Spring Term. There will be a Reading Week in Week 6 of Autumn Term.

Formative coursework

One 2,000 word essay.

Indicative reading

Reading lists will be issued on a weekly basis. The legislation, cases and soft law instruments will make up additional required reading for this course. All of this material is available in electronic form via the Moodle site which supports the course. Useful texts include Lionel Bently and Brad Sherman, Intellectual Property Law 4th ed. (OUP, Oxford 2018) and Thomas Dreier and P. Bernt Hugenholtz (eds.) Concise European Copyright Law (Kluwer, 2016).


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours, reading time: 15 minutes) in the spring exam period.

Key facts

Department: Law School

Total students 2022/23: 29

Average class size 2022/23: 29

Controlled access 2022/23: Yes

Value: Half Unit

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Personal development skills

  • Communication
  • Specialist skills