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In 2013/4 this Diploma/MA received on overall satisfaction rate of 100% (Russell Group average 83%) from the students in the PTES, Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 


Distance learning offers you a flexible, easily accessible, cost effective, global classroom - some of the reasons why it is the best solution to increase your professional skills

Study at King's College London, and benefit from tuition from one of Europe's leading centres in European Law and gain experience from a highly acclaimed faculty

Achieve a degree from the UK Law School with the highest GPA, with the highest quality submission and the highest proportion of world-leading 4* research

Postgraduate Diploma/Masters from King's College London in UK, EU & US Copyright Law

UK, EU & US Copyright Law - Programme Overview

The programme provides tuition from one of Europe’s leading centres in European Law and is studied on a distance learning basis, thereby avoiding crucial time spent away from your place of work.

The programme aims to provide the professional with an in-depth and up-to-date knowledge of the general principles of copyright law, mainly focusing on the law in the United Kingdom, the principles of United States copyright law and the major ‘copyright’ Directives of the European Community.

For more information see Copyright Law by Distance Learning 2015 Course Programme (2016 prospectus to follow)

It will allow you to gain a competitive advantage in a difficult job market and increase your skills at this crucial time. Specifically the programme will:

• Introduce the main international copyright conventions in the field;

• Deal with rights in literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works, films, sound recordings, broadcasts, cable programmes, computer programs and databases, performers’ rights and publishers’ rights;

• Cover both theoretical aspects and questions which arise in practice, in particular concerning infringement and available remedies;

• Include a unit devoted to the French and German laws on author’s rights and related rights;

• Examine thoroughly United States Copyright Law in two units;

• Conclude with the main challenges in the field of copyright, in particular those arising from international communication through satellite and the internet, and from digital technology generally

Successful Postgraduate Diploma students can, if they wish, apply to enrol in a Masters in UK, EU & US Copyright Law from King’s College London which is also a part-time distance learning programme.

What units will I study on the programme?

View Copyright Law 2015 Syllabus here (2016 prospectus to follow)


  • Historical Background, International Context and General Principles
  • Copyright: its history and scope – national, international and regional regulation of copyright


  • General Overview
  • Copyright Subject Matter
  • Protection Criteria
  • Economic Rights
  • Limitations and Exceptions
  • Infringement


  • General Overview
  • Limitations and Exceptions


  • General Outline of French and German Laws on Author’s Rights and Related Rights


  • Introduction
  • Rental / Lending and Related Rights Directive
  • Computer Program Directive


  • Current issues in national, international and regional copyright and related rights law, including challenges raised by digital technology and the Internet to traditional concepts, and to the definition, application, exercise and enforcement of rights

View Copyright Law 2015 Syllabus here (2016 prospectus to follow)

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(updated 5 February 2016)

What did previous students think of the programme?

"Very interesting and comprehensive"
D. Beckett
The Intellectual Property Office

Some of the organisations that have benefited from the UK, EU & US Copyright Law programme:

EMI Music MCPS-PRS Alliance AEPI-Hellenic Society for the Protection of Intellectual Property
PPL/VPL Berwin Leighton Paisner UK Intellectual Property Office
Samarts Network British Geological Survey Finers Stephens Innocent
Reynolds Porter Chamberlain Getronics UK Limited F. R. Kelly & Co
BBC The Copyright Licensing Authority Limited EUMESTAT NISA Global Entertainment (Pty) Ltd
S J Berwin Universal International Music Business Software Alliance
Victoria & Albert Museum ITV Imation Europe Music Publishers Association OVC Media
British Film Institute PACT Turner Broadcasting
Shed Productions Sheridans Reuters

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