LLAW6223 & JDOC6223

General Course Information

1.1 Course details

Course code: LLAW6223 / JDOC6223
Course name: Copyright and Creativity
Programme offered under: LLM Programme / JD Programme
Semester: June
Prerequisites / Co-requisites: No
Credit point value: 9 credits / 6 credits
Cap on student numbers: 30

1.2 Course description

Copyright law is the engine that drives not only such traditional creative industries as book publishing, music, and film, but also video games, computer programme, and other digital products. This course will explore copyright law and policy. The major focus will be the core issues of copyright law, including copyrightable subject matter; prerequisites for protection; authorship, ownership and transfer of rights; duration, the bundle of exclusive rights conferred; infringement, fair use and other defenses, and remedies. We will also discuss the theories and policies that justify the copyright system and motivate its reform.

1.3 Course teachers

Name E-mail address Office Consultation
Course convenor Taorui Guan trguan@hku.hk TBA 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 and economic analysis of copyright law.

2.2 LLM and JD Programme Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Please refer to the following link:

LLM – https://course.law.hku.hk/llm-plo/

JD – https://course.law.hku.hk/jd-plo/

2.3 Programme Learning Outcomes to be achieved in this course

PLO A PLO B PLO C PLO D PLO E PLO F
CLO 1
CLO 2
CLO 3
CLO 4
CLO 5

Assessment(s)

3.1 Assessment Summary

Assessment task Due date Weighting Feedback method* Course learning outcomes
Class participation TBA 30% 1, 2
Take home exam 14 July 2022 70% 1 1, 2
  *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/