IT LAW I
2015/2016, Semester 1
Modular Credits: LL4076V ( 5 ) / LL5076V ( 5 ) / LL6076V ( 5 )
SR 5-3 from 0900 to 1145 hours
This course examines the legal and policy issues relating to information technology and the use of the Internet from the perspectives of a creator and user of intellectual property. Among the issues discussed are copyright in software and electronic materials, software patents, electronic databases, trade marks, domain names and rights management information. (The non-intellectual property law issues are addressed in "IT Law II".) Students who have done intellectual property law or who are keen to learn about the interface between law, technology, policy and economic rights will find this course interesting.
Mode of Assessment:
Tutorial/seminar presentation/contribution - 30% [Due on assigned dates in schedule]
Depending on the final enrolment, all students will form themselves into groups of between 5 and 7 students. Each group will select from one of three topics set out below, and be a presenting group or a reading group. Based on an outline of the selected topic which I will supply, the presenting group will research on the topic in question and present in class the findings of their research and their analysis of the issues. The reading group will comment on the presentation and engage the presenters on their research and analyses.
Subject to revisions and discussions with the groups, the three topics are:
* the Open Source Movement (and its impact on copyright and patents in the technology industry)
* the use of Trade Marks in Digital Advertising and/or Domain Names (group may elect its scope of coverage)
* the Sui Generis Database protection rights and its application to Electronic Databases
Essays (6000 word written assignment) - 70% [Due: Wed, 11 Nov 2015 (11pm)]
The 6000 word written assignment will be based on one of the questions that will be set regarding the topics covered in this course, either by way of seminars or presentations. The student is not limited to choosing a question based on his or her presented topic.
- further instructions to be announced -