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Postgraduate Diploma/LLM in: Media and Entertainment Law

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Commences: 25th September 2017 (Application deadline: 15th September 2017)

London Metropolitan University

You will be able to choose from the following modules:


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An Introduction to the English Legal System

This module provides an introduction to the English Legal System, including:
• The sources of English and European Law
• The court system
• Legal personnel
The module also provides a basic understanding of the techniques of legal method, with particular reference to research, analysis and application of legal principles and provides an introduction to techniques of legal writing.


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Contracts in Media & Entertainment Law

Introduction to contract law:
- what constitutes a contract?
- types of contracts
- contractual relationships within the entertainment industry
- law governing media and entertainment contracts
- common phrases in industry agreements
- remedies

Main industry agreements and time-spans:
- development agreements
- licencing agreements
- non-disclosure agreements
- confidentiality

Agreements covering industry professionals:
- crew - cast
- writers - directors
- producers

Production & finance agreements:
- location - pre-sales
- co-production - production finance
- security - finance and distribution

Distribution agreements:
- downloads - podcasts
- wireless terms - privacy policy
- domain names - assignment of rights
- hosting - online advertising terms

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Sports Law

Introduction to the framework of law relating to sport
• Sport and the criminal law:
- conduct which is tolerated in the context of sports
- interface with criminal liability

• The law of negligence:
- duties
- liability & defences

• Contractual rights and obligations

• Health and safety legislation specific to sports

• The resolution of legal disputes:
- role of sporting associations
- arbitration
- private and public law remedies
- international sports arbitration

• Individual athlete eligibility and player transfers

• Drug use and testing

• Contractual issues related to bidding on events:
- sponsorship
- endorsements
- agreements for competition

• Global media contracts including television and new media

• Interface and resolving disputes between:
- state, national and global governmental agencies
- organisations with sport including the CAS

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Intellectual Property Rights & the (New) Media

• Introduction to intellectual property:
- elements protected under IP rights
- legal remedies under legislation and common law

• Legal protection under IP

• Confidentially and passing off common law:
- the Megarry doctrine - Coco engineers v Clark (1969)
- law of confidential information and the right of privacy
- 3 stage test developments
- privacy and public interest arguments

• Copyright law:
- “work” authorship and ownership
- infringement
- defences and remedies

• Patents:
- British and international patent systems
- validity and Infringements

• Trademarks:
- entitlement
- objections to trademark registrations

• Passing off actions

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Social Media and the Law

• Intellectual Property infringement:
- new media infringements
- copyright
- trademarks & patents

• Defamation

• Privacy and European Law

• Contempt of court

• Vicarious liability

• Data protection

• Harassment and abuse

• Piracy rights

• Hacked and impostor

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Arbitration & Dispute Resolution (ADR)

• Understanding ADR:
- what is ADR?
- the growth of ADR options
- developments within ADR
- advantages/disadvantages of using ADR
- potential concerns about ADR
- confidentiality within ADR

• Relationship between ADR, CPR and litigation:
- factors influencing ADR option
- the approach of the courts to ADR
- recovery of ADR costs in Litigation
- sanctions for refusing to engage in ADR process

• Negotiations and mediation:
- styles, strategies and tactics in negotiation
- negotiation process
- preparing for mediation
- the mediation process

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Advertising Law

• Consumer protection:
- legislation
- Business protection from Misleading Marketing Regulations (2008)
- interaction of comparative advertising with trademark law
- offences relating to comparative advertising
- advertising of gambling

• Digital marking and advertising:
- regulations and specific laws
- digital marketing techniques

• Intellectual property:
- trademarks, assignment and licencing
- infringement – revocation and enforcement
- domain names

• Advertising rules:
- ambush marketing
- branded content

• Regulatory bodies:
- background of self/co-regulation
- regulatory structure for broadcast advertising
- complaints

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Ethics, Value & the Media

• Introduction to media ethics

• Campaign politics and the ethics of spin

• Censorship and the media

• Broadcast, cable and Internet regulation

• Cyber-ethics:
- regulation
- privatisation

• The law in modern society

• Trust in media practices

• Towards cultural development

• Ethics and professional responsibility in:
- journalism
- photojournalism
- public relations
- advertising
- politics

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Data Protection

• Overview of data protection:
- principles affecting data protection
- enforcement of the Data Protection Act

• Legislation affecting data protection:
- Freedom of Information Act 2000
- Data Protection Act 1998

• How personal information is collected and stored:
- fair collection notices, rights and obligations
- classification of personal data
- sensitive and non-sensitive data

• Monitoring and surveillance:
- acceptable levels of monitoring and surveillance in the work place

• Monitoring different types of communications:
- email, internet & telephone policies
- Human Rights Act (1998)
- European Convention on Human Rights
- RIPA legislation and privacy

• Social media: use, management and misuse

• Employment records:
- recruitment, selection & termination of employee’s contracts
- discipline and dismissal
- disclosure and equal opportunities monitoring
- retention and integrity of records
- subject access requests

SPECIALIST MODULES (Choose one of the following)

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The Law of Defamation

• Introduction to the Law of Tort

• Introduction to the Law of Defamation:
- Defamation Act 2013
- distinctions between libel and slander
- elements of defamation

• Defamatory statements:
- the parties to the case
- publication of the statement

• Defences and remedies:
- privileges
- innocent publications
- consent
- justification
- fair comment
- offer of amends
- damages
- injunction

• Privacy and misuse of private information:
- breach of confidence
- misuse of private information

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The Politics of Media Regulation

• Media freedom and the regulation revolution

• Internet and advertising Regulation:
- globalisation and the development of technology
- the expansion framework of the law

• Public Service and the legal boundaries:
- the role regulation plays
- the Charter Review and the BBC

• The regulatory framework before and after the Communication Act 2003
- historical framework for regulation of media ownership
- newspaper takeovers and mergers
- licensing and regulation of commercial, terrestrial and digital television

• UK media regulation:
- broadcast media regulation
- formal power and informal influence
- the Press Complaints commission
- the Advertising Standards Authority

• Print Media:
- self-regulation vs government regulation
- the Leveson inquiry

This is a perfectly structured course with well prepared materials