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LAWS6137 Online intellectual property enforcement

Module Overview

Although many of these topics centre upon the tort of negligence, this focus is by no means exclusive, and a number of other torts (such as breach of statutory duty) are drawn in where appropriate. This part of the course is therefore organised around issues, rather than around a succession of discrete torts per se. Students are encouraged to consider and evaluate the role, nature, and functions of tort law, as well as its technical rules.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The main principles of UK and EU law in relation to online infringement and enforcement on intellectual property rights.
  • The key policy issues relating to 1 above, and;
  • Current recommendations for reform.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Undertake critical analysis of legal material, and;
  • Have developed your ability to clearly communicate and discuss complex ideas and arguments in writing.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Developed research skills and knowledge of IP resources in preparation for classes;
  • Developed the ability to solve problems and undertake critical analysis of IP issues, and;
  • Developed competence in the use of key online and offline IP legal resources.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Apply and critically analyse the law in relation to online infringement and enforcement of intellectual property rights.


Defamation and developments in the law regarding privacy

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

·           The structure of the subject and the key applicable principles, policies and rules of law in relation to the Law of Torts; PowerPoint presentations and handouts are provided and are loaded onto Blackboard after the lectures.

Independent Study130
Total study time150





MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (4000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (4000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (4000 words) 100%


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Printing and Photocopying Costs

It is estimated that the estimated cost of printing out relevant sources and reference materials is approx. £20.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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