Course Title: Address Copyright Requirements

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2009

Course Code: LAW5125C

Course Title: Address Copyright Requirements

School: 345T Creative Media

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4171 - Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing

Course Contact : Brendan Lee

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4368

Course Contact Email:Brendan.lee@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Penny Johnson
Building 94, level 2, room 6
23–27 Cardigan Street, South Carlton
9925 4383 (phone); 9925 4362 (fax)
penny.johnson@rmit.edu.au

Stephanie Holt
Building 94, level 2, room 6
23–27 Cardigan Street, South Carlton
9925 4951 (phone); 9925 4362 (fax)
sholt@fryerstown.vicmail.net

Nominal Hours: 20

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

None

Course Description

This unit introduces students to the copyright issues involved in protecting creative work (both text and images) from both a writer’s and an editor’s perspective.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUSADM08A Address copyright requirements

Element:

1. Identify copyright issues for the protection and exploitation of products

Performance Criteria:

1.1     Apply knowledge of Copyright Act to products in terms of:
•    protection against unauthorised use on own and other’s works
•    commercial exploitation of own work under copyright intellectual property and licensing legislation

1.2     Seek advice, as required, to ensure that copyright issues are fully addressed in terms of own rights and the rights of others

Element:

2. Ensure that copyright protection on creative works or performance is adequate locally and internationally

Performance Criteria:

2.1     Undertake all procedures necessary to ensure that created material are protected at local and international levels against illegal or unauthorised reproduction of work, or parts of work:
•    in printed or recorded media
•    in live performance
•    in television, cable transmission or online media
•    in any media for advertising or screen for other purposes

2.2     Undertake all procedures necessary to ensure that work is protected at local and international level against adaptations of work whether printed, live or in any electronic media

2.3     Undertake research and/or obtain reliable legal advice where necessary to ensure that artists’/copyright owners’ rights are protected

Element:

3. Assign copyright of creative works or performers

Performance Criteria:

3.1     Undertake strategic planning of negotiated deals for works/performances with an understanding of the difference between assignment of copyright and licensing

3.2     Assign copyright for composers and/or performers only where artists are aware of all implications

3.3     Confirm and agree with all relevant parties the degree to which artists and publisher may control the use and exploitation of work under assignment of copyright

3.4     Ensure that the terms of assignments of copyright are written accurately into a formal contract that is available for legal advice where required, and understood and signed by all relevant parties

Element:

4. License rights to creative works or performance

Performance Criteria:

4.1     Confirm and agree to the territories in which the licensing rights may be exercised with all relevant parties

4.2     Confirm and agree to the timeframe of the license with all relevant parties

4.3     Confirm and agreed to the terms of exploitation of the work/license with all relevant parties

4.4     Ensure that creative control of the work, including to what extent and how it may be recast, is confirmed and agreed by all relevant parties

4.5     Ensure that fees are negotiated whether outright fee, royalty, or a combination of both, relevant to the context of the deal

4.6     Ensure that responsibility for enforcement of the copyrights against infringement are confirmed and agreed

4.7     Ensure that all terms relating to the licensing deal are written accurately, confirmed and signed by all relevant parties

Element:

5. Comply with conditions of copyright agreement

Performance Criteria:

5.1     Maintain documents relevant to the copyright agreement in a secure and accessible form allowing for retrieval where required

5.2     Undertake all responsibilities to ensure compliance with the conditions of the copyright agreement as and when required


Learning Outcomes


Not applicable


Details of Learning Activities

You learn through a mix of lectures, discussion, practical exercises and group work. An industry practitioner gives a guest lecture on copyright and publishing, and you examine case studies in groups. You are also encouraged to attend Arts–Law Week in May. You are responsible for managing your learning and undertaking an appropriate amount of out-of-class independent study and research.


Teaching Schedule

WeekDate TopicElements of competency covered
1Wed
13 May, 5.00 pm
Large auditorium, Level 1, Blg 94
Introduction to Copyright lecture: What writers need to knowIdentify copyright issues for the protection and exploitation of products
Ensure that copyright protection on creative works or performance is adequate locally and internationally
Assign copyright of creative works or performers
License rights to creative works or performance
Comply with conditions of copyright agreement
218 MayEditors and copyright
Identify copyright issues for the protection and exploitation of products
Ensure that copyright protection on creative works or performance is adequate locally and internationally
Assign copyright of creative works or performers
License rights to creative works or performance
Comply with conditions of copyright agreement
325 MayCopyright issues: case studiesIdentify copyright issues for the protection and exploitation of products
Ensure that copyright protection on creative works or performance is adequate locally and internationally
Assign copyright of creative works or performers
License rights to creative works or performance
Comply with conditions of copyright agreement
41 JuneTake-home copyright test due
 


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References

Copyright handout – to be given out in class


Other Resources

Arts Law Centre of Australia Online <www.artslaw.com.au>
Australian Copyright Council website <www.copyright.org.au>


Overview of Assessment

Assessment comprises a take-home test.


Assessment Tasks

Take-home Copyright Test

You have one week to complete a take-home test. This task tests your understanding of material covered in the copyright unit through discursive and multiple-choice responses to questions.

Due date
Week beginning 1 June

Percentage weight
100%

Grade
You receive a numerical grade for the test, which will form the basis of the grade for the unit of competency. You are assessed as Competent (C) or Not yet competent (NYC).

Late submission

If you are unable to complete your assessment project, assignment or essay by the due date, you can apply for an extension. If you are seeking an extension of up to 7 calendar days, please apply to your teacher who will let you know whether your request has been granted. Application for Extension forms are available from the Distributed Learning System (DLS) or from the Creative Media Office. The application must be submitted by email or in person, before the official due date together with supporting evidence such as a medical certificate.

If you are seeking an extension of longer than 7 calendar days, or if you are seeking an extension for a test or lab-based assessment, you will need to apply to the University for Special Consideration.

If you submit late work without an approved extension, 5% of the total marks for that piece of assessment will be deducted each week (or part of a week) it is late.


Assessment Matrix

Not applicable

Other Information

Submission of written material

•    You must keep a hard copy of the take-home test.

Academic administration procedures

•    Students are expected to attend all classes, as teachers cannot provide catch-up tuition.
•    If students are unable to attend a class, it is their responsibility to collect any handouts and to catch up on work missed.
•    For information about appealing assessment decisions, and about learning and support services (Disability Liaison Unit, Study and Learning Centre and library services) refer to the RMIT website and the Student Handbook/Diary.
•    Any work submitted must be your own and any resources used must be cited properly.
•    RMIT regulations prohibit plagiarism in any form. (See RMIT’s Policy on Plagiarism on the web.)

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