General Course Information

1.1 Course details

Course code: LLAW3200
Course name: Copyright and Creativity
Programme offered under: LLB Programme
Semester: First
Designated research course: Not applicable
Specialization: Not applicable
Prerequisites / Co-requisites: No
Course offered to non-law students: No
Credit point value: 6 credits
Cap on student numbers: 30

1.2 Course description

The course investigates the relationship between copyright protection and creativity by targeting at creative sectors such as film, music, publishing, and software sectors. Through indepth analysis of the cases and empirical data involving copyright protection or infringement in these industries, the course aims to assess to what extent these sectors have been benefited from or impeded by copyright protection, how “fair use” system can be employed to achieve a better balance between copyright industries and users/consumers of copyrighted works, whether alternative regimes such as public or free licenses including creative commons and open source initiative are helpful in promoting creativity, and finally, how to capitalize or commercialize the copyrights so that the works can generate financial gain for start-up creative companies or individuals. These issues will be discussed in the context of both traditional and internet-related creative sectors and activities such as parody, file-sharing, snippets and thumbnails, streaming, and copying for non-transformative personal use on internet, iPad or iPhone, and online games. The countries or regions that the copyright laws and creative sectors are examined include but not limited to Hong Kong, China, the United States and European Union.

1.3 Course teachers

Name E-mail address Office Consultation
Course convenor Yahong Li yali@hku.hk CCT 407 TBA

Learning Outcomes

2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course

CLO 1 Gain the knowledge of the basic concepts of copyright law.

CLO 2 Understand various theories on the role of copyright in creativity such as natural right theory, personality theory, and economic analysis of copyright law.

CLO 3 Use relevant information and empirical data about the impact of copyright law on creativity to critically examine the limitations of the existing theories.

CLO 4 Apply the knowledge and understanding acquired from the course to the new and uncertain situations and problems involving digital copyright protection and innovation.

CLO 5 Demonstrate an awareness of the impact of the copyright law within the broader economic, environmental and socio-cultural context.

2.2 LLB Programme Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Please refer to the following link: https://course.law.hku.hk/llb-plo/

2.3 Programme Learning Outcomes to be achieved in this course



3.1 Assessment Summary

Assessment task Due date Weighting Feedback method* Course learning outcomes
Class participation N/A 10% 1, 2, 3. 4, 5
Short essay (2,000-2,500 words) tentatively due: 10 Dec 2022 40% 1, 2, 3. 4, 5
Take home exam tentatively due: 17 Dec 2022 50% 1, 2, 3. 4, 5
  *Feedback method (to be determined by course teacher)
1 A general course report to be disseminated through Moodle
2 Individual feedback to be disseminated by email / through Moodle
3 Individual review meeting upon appointment
4 Group review meeting
5 In-class verbal feedback

3.2 Assessment Detail

To be advised by course convenor(s).

3.3 Grading Criteria

Please refer to the following link: https://www.law.hku.hk/_files/law_programme_grade_descriptors.pdf

Learning Activities

4.1 Learning Activity Plan

Lecture: 3 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks
Private study time: 9.5 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks

Remarks: the normative student study load per credit unit is 25 ± 5 hours (ie. 150 ± 30 hours for a 6-credit course), which includes all learning activities and experiences within and outside of classroom, and any assessment task and examinations and associated preparations.

4.2 Details of Learning Activities

To be advised by course convenor(s).

Learning Resources

5.1 Resources

Reading materials: Reading materials are posted on Moodle
Core reading list: TBA
Recommended reading list: TBA

5.2 Links

Please refer to the following link: http://www.law.hku.hk/course/learning-resources/