Course Title: Address copyright

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: LAW5101C

Course Title: Address copyright

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4197 - Certificate IV in Creative Industries

Course Contact : Program Administration - Adam Lovell

Course Contact Phone: 03 9925 4976

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Elanor Tan

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


Course Description

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

You gain an understanding of copyright legislation and its practical application for print and online publications: the difference between assigning and licensing rights; issues to be aware of when signing agreements; the function of the Australian Copyright Council, the Copyright Agency Ltd and international copyright and collection agencies; and strategies for gaining permission to use copyright material.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUFADM02A Address copyright


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:
1.1.1 protection against unauthorised use on own and other's works
1.1.2 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


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:
2.1.1 in printed or recorded media
2.1.2 in live performance
2.1.3 in television, cable transmission or online media
2.1.4 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


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
required, and understood and signed by all relevant parties


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


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

On successful completion of this unit, you should be able to demonstrate an understanding of copyright laws and the issues which surround it.

Details of Learning Activities

In class learning activities include, but are not limited to:
o Teacher directed group activities
o Practical exercises
o Independent project based work
o Class presentations
o Group discussion

Out of class learning activities include, but are not limited to:
o Online research
o Group work

Teaching Schedule

Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.

WeekClass ContentOtherElements
Week 1Introduction to copyright lecture: What writers need to know 1-5
Week 2Editors and copyright 1-5
Week 3Copyright issues: case studies 1-5
Week 4Group work and test reviewTake home test today1-5
Week 5Review of copyright issuesTest due back today1-5

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts



You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information.
•Arts Law Centre of Australia Online
•Australian Copyright Council website

Other Resources

Pen, paper, laptop computer.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment includes testing of knoweldge of copyright

Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative.
Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered an essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks. Summative assessment tasks in this unit are graded.

For further information on the assessments and grading criteria, please refer to the course Blackboard site.

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.

1 You have 1 week to complete a take home test. This takes you understanding of material covered in the copyright unit through discursive and multiple-choice responses to questions. Due week 4 (100%).

The details on these assessments and the grading criteria for this competency can be found on the course blackboard site.

Grades used in this unit are as follows:

80 – 100% HD High Distinction
70 – 79% DI Distinction
60 – 69% CR Credit
50 – 59% PA Pass
Under 50% NN Fail

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrated alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program administration

Other Information

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension.
Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration:;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y;STATUS=A;PAGE_AUTHOR=Andrea%20Syers;SECTION=1;

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