LLAW6249 & JDOC6249

General Course Information

1.1 Course details

Course code: LLAW6249 / JDOC6249
Course name: Entertainment Law
Programme offered under: LLM Programme / JD Programme
Semester: Second
Prerequisites / Co-requisites: No
Credit point value: 9 credits / 6 credits

1.2 Course description

This course provides practical knowledge about the legal, regulatory and business aspects of the entertainment industry in Hong Kong. The lecture room will turn into the legal office of a mass media and entertainment conglomerate. Students, positioned as recruits of the legal office, will learn how to deal with the common legal issues in the daily operations of the conglomerate. The conglomerate has broad-based business ranging from production, acquisition and distribution of TV programmes of different genres (drama, non-drama, news etc.), production and distribution of theatrical films, music publishing and recording to artiste management. Thus, the legal issues to be dealt with may include:

  • Copyright in entertainment industry
  • Passing off
  • Defamation
  • Contempt of Court
  • Privacy issues of celebrities
  • Recruitment and management of artistes
  • Advertising regulation
  • Legal/ regulatory traps in producing a TV programme/ theatrical film or organizing a public entertainment event

1.3 Course teachers

Name E-mail address Office Consultation
Course convenor Desmond Chan dsh_chan@hotmail.com N/A By email
Course convenor Kenny Wong bunny88@hku.hk N/A By email

Learning Outcomes

2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course

CLO 1 Upon completion of the course, students should be able to understand the core legal and regulatory issues relevant to the entertainment industry.

CLO 2 In addition, students should be able to identify the problems of such legal and regulatory issues, and suggest how such problems may be rectified or improved.

CLO 3 Students will have chances to practise and demonstrate advanced skills in written analytical communication and legal problem-solving.

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



3.1 Assessment Summary

Assessment task Due date Weighting Feedback method* Course learning outcomes
Group project TBC 50% Develop research and presentation skills, confirm subject knowledge
Research paper TBC 50% Allow students to research a particular legal topic covered in the course and evaluate the problems thereof, develop research and presentation skills
*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

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

Learning Activities

4.1 Learning Activity Plan

Seminar: 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/