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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Advanced

Former School/College

Former School of Law and Justice

Unit aim

This unit introduces students to entertainment law, with an emphasis on music, film-related and media legal topics.  This unit will equip students with a basic understanding of legal and commercial issues surrounding the practice of entertainment law. 

Unit content

Topic 1 Introduction to entertainment law

a) defining 'entertainment law'

b) identifying the key participants in the entertainment industry

c) overview of areas of law and practice in the entertainment industry

d) introduction to protection of entertainment assets

Topic 2 Music and the law

a) rights in music, sound recordings and performances

b) administration of copyright, how the industry works, emerging business models

c) music industry contracts - including publishing contracts, recording contracts, commissioning contracts, artist management agreements, agreements with online intermediaries

d) digital rights management and enforcement issues

Topic 3 Film and television and the law

a) legal protection of film and television assets

b) rights acquisition

c) production, financing and distribution agreements

d) emerging business models

e) talent agreements

f) broadcasting - overview of legal and regulatory issues

Topic 4 Merchandising and ancillary rights

a) merchandising and ancillary exploitation of film and television products

b) character merchandising and celebrity rights - publicity and privacy rights

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 Capacity to apply legal reasoning, critical analysis and research to generate appropriate and creative responses to legal problems. Creativity
2 Understanding of a broad and coherent body of knowledge that includes the fundamental areas of law, the Australian legal system, and underlying principles and concepts, and the broader contexts within which legal issues arise. Knowledge of a discipline
3 Understanding of the international and comparative contexts in which legal issues arise. Knowledge of a discipline
4 Ability to learn and work independently. Lifelong learning
5 Capacity to reflect on and assess their own capabilities and performance, and seek and make use of feedback as appropriate, to determine personal and professional development needs and achievements. Lifelong learning
6 Capacity to access, manage, and evaluate sources of information relevant to legal research and practice. Lifelong learning
7 Understanding of a broad and coherent body of knowledge that includes the fundamental areas of law, the Australian legal system, and underlying principles and concepts, and the broader contexts within which legal issues arise.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Capacity to apply legal reasoning, critical analysis and research to generate appropriate and creative responses to legal problems.
    • GA2: Creativity
  2. Understanding of a broad and coherent body of knowledge that includes the fundamental areas of law, the Australian legal system, and underlying principles and concepts, and the broader contexts within which legal issues arise.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. Understanding of the international and comparative contexts in which legal issues arise.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. Ability to learn and work independently.
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  5. Capacity to reflect on and assess their own capabilities and performance, and seek and make use of feedback as appropriate, to determine personal and professional development needs and achievements.
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  6. Capacity to access, manage, and evaluate sources of information relevant to legal research and practice.
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  7. Understanding of a broad and coherent body of knowledge that includes the fundamental areas of law, the Australian legal system, and underlying principles and concepts, and the broader contexts within which legal issues arise.
    • Not applicable