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Law and the Culture Industries - LAWS8139
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Faculty: Faculty of Law
School:  Faculty of Law
Course Outline: See below
Campus: Kensington Campus
Career: Postgraduate
Units of Credit: 6
EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)
Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 2
Enrolment Requirements:
Academic Program must be 9200 or 5740 or 9210 or 9230 or 5265 or 9214 or 5214 or 9220 or 5750.
Excluded: JURD7639
CSS Contribution Charge:Band 3 (more info)
Further Information: See Class Timetable


This course considers the regulation of cyberspace. There will be a particular consideration of future directions for the entertainment industries: Arts, Film, Broadcasting, Music, Gaming and Telecommunications. Innovation and technological convergence creates opportunities for new and enhanced leisure and social activities. These developments raise controversies in the industries affecting old media regulation, intellectual property laws, cultural policy, free speech, content regulation, competition and innovation policy. Regulation via national law reform, international treaties, industry bodies, industry standards, opinion makers, and technologies of control (digital rights management DRM, surveillance, tracking) are considered.

LLM Specialisation

Recommended Prior Knowledge


Course Objectives

A candidate who has successfully completed this subject should:
  • Describe the challenges of regulation in this area
  • Identify the various pressures on the development of regulation
  • Assess possible future directions and conflicts
  • Demonstrate the above analytical knowledge and skills in relation to a case study

Main Topics

  • Overview of media regulation, innovation policy, intellectual property law, trade barriers, global policies affecting the internet and the entertainment industries
  • Technology as Liberation: the promise of technological convergence, mass access on demand to digitised content, high interactivity, freedom to create, innovate, distribute and trade
  • Regulation by global industry and technical standards
  • Innovation as Regulatory Disruption: Can IP, IT and Media law and the courts keep up with the pace of change?
  • The rights of user generated content: YouTube, MySpace, Blogs, FaceBook, Flickr, MySpace, Wikipedia, Google Library,
  • Big Media content online: entertainment franchises
  • Consumer Rights, Property and virtual property rights
  • Globalisation and information society policy
  • Regional approaches to cultural and telecommunications policy


Short essay plan 500 - 1,000 words 20%
Research essay 5,000 words 80%

Course Texts

Refer to Course Outline provided by lecturer at the beginning of session.

Kathy Bowrey, Law and Internet Cultures, (Cambridge University Press, 2005)


Refer to Course Outline provided by lecturer at the beginning of session.

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