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Entertainment Deals (LAWS90079)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeLAWS90079
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This subject is concerned with the emerging field of entertainment law in three major jurisdictions, focusing primarily on Australia, and, in addition the United States (home to the largest entertainment law industry in the world) and the United Kingdom. The subject will consider significant strands of entertainment law, including especially:

  • Intellectual property rights in entertainment products (music, film, television, theatre, internet video games, publications, sporting events, etc);
  • Celebrities and their personality rights (privacy, ‘publicity’ and related rights); and
  • Contractual arrangements.

The emphasis will be on legal as well as practical aspects of the entertainment industry (including real-life scenarios and techniques of deal-making) and there will be a number of guest speakers with expertise in the field. The subject will conclude with a negotiation exercise which will draw together the above themes.

Intended learning outcomes

A student who has successfully completed the subject will be able to:

  • Identify, locate, reflect critically on and evaluate relevant research materials, including cases, legislation and other legal materials of a theoretical as well as practical nature;
  • Appreciate the way that law develops within a rapidly changing environment as well as the different approaches that may be adopted in different jurisdictions;
  • Generate effective and appropriate solutions to practical legal problems requiring application of national laws to actions undertaken in multi-jurisdictional environments;
  • Apply this understanding and analytical capacity to new situations and contexts; and
  • Communicate their analysis both in appropriate scholarly and professional formats and in the negotiation of deals in the entertainment space.

Generic skills

A student who has successfully completed this subject will:

  • Have an advanced and integrated understanding of key principles of entertainment law in Australia and comparable jurisdictions,
  • Be able to critically analyse, interpret and evaluate these legal principles in their practical application;
  • Have an advanced understanding of some of the key current debates and issues in the field of entertainment law;
  • Have the cognitive and technical skills to generate critical and creative ideas about entertainment law and practice, and to critically evaluate relevant legal theories, principles and concepts with creativity and autonomy; and
  • Have the communication skills to independently articulate and convey complex information regarding entertainment law and policy to relevant audiences.

Last updated: 29 March 2019