Faculty of Law

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedCity (Melbourne) Second semester 2015 (Evening)


For postgraduate Law discontinuation dates, please see http://www.law.monash.edu.au/current-students/postgraduate/pg-disc-dates.html
For postgraduate Law unit timetables, please see http://law.monash.edu.au/current-students/course-unit-information/timetables/postgraduate/index.html
Previously coded as LAW7011

Quota applies

Postgraduate programs are based on a model of small group teaching and therefore class sizes need to be restricted.


The unit covers the branch of intellectual property law which protects literary and artistic creations, films, sound recordings, broadcasts and published editions of works. Topics covered include the objectives of copyright law, its international framework, what it covers, when it subsists, whether it has been infringed and the consequences of infringement, and proposals for law reform. These issues are considered both from the perspective of authors, designers and other creators and the perspective of copyright users. There is a focus on areas of contemporary and emerging importance, including the impact of technological developments, and use of comparative materials.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. apply knowledge and understanding of recent developments in relation to copyright law with creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice;
  2. investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories in relation to Australian and international copyright law;
  3. conduct research in copyright law based on knowledge of appropriate research principle and methods; and
  4. use cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate at an abstract level complex ideas and concepts relevant to copyright law.


Research assignment (3,750 words): 50%
Take-home exam (3,750 words): 50%

Workload requirements

24 contact hours per semester (either intensive, semi-intensive or semester long, depending on the Faculty resources, timetabling and requirements)

Chief examiner(s)