Core Module Information
Module title: Copyright in Photography, Film, and Literature

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: LMD09150
Module leader: C. Paul Sellors
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Screen and Performance


Description of module content:

On this module you will examine the theory, history, and philosophy of copyright in photography, film and literature. You will develop an understanding of the core principles of copyright and moral rights, the international agreements on copyright, and the similarities and differences between national copyright laws. In doing so you will learn key principles of British, Commonwealth, European, and American copyright laws. You will also evaluate the historical definitions of authorship on which copyright relies, the foundations of copyright in romantic philosophies of creativity and nationhood, and nation-state assumptions about property and economic growth. This module also prompts you to explore the relationships between creative practice and the legal protections and prohibitions that media producers face. The module further considers fair dealing, the public domain, contracts, and competing philosophies of copyright. In the module you can also propose and explore your own interests in copyright, such as UK copyright reform, copyright and digital technology, media convergence, broadcast, international treaties, copyright harmonisation, copyright jurisdiction, and copyright for works produced in space. Structured as an advanced research seminar, and as preparation for dissertation modules, this module will help you to develop core research skills, including how to identify, analyse, and compare methodologies, identify and critically reflect on relevant research sources, compose research questions, present research in progress orally to colleagues for discussion, contribute to scholarly debate, and produce cogent, detailed arguments that set out and answer research questions which you determine. Additionally, this module provides you with an understanding of copyright that will help you understand how to protect and exploit the products of your own creative practice. The wide range of topics considered in this module, and the opportunity for students to propose their own topics, make the module appropriate for students in most programmes in the School of Arts and Creative Industries.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Demonstrate knowledge of and critically reflect on arguments and methodologies utilised to elucidate the history, function, and purpose of copyright law.
LO2: Construct and implement a viable research programme from the critical literature on copyright.
LO3: Critically reflect on the relationship between copyright and culture.
LO4: Contribute effectively to peer discussions and reviews.
LO5: Evaluate and engage with peer review of your research.
LO6: Produce clearly defined, rigorous, and detailed arguments.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: C. Paul Sellors
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Tutorial 39
Independent Learning Guided independent study 161
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Presentation 25 1,2,3,5,6 5-11 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Essay 65 1,2,3,5,6 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3000
Discussion/Participation 10 4 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
Copyright in Photography, Film, and Literature