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Gain a competitive advantage in a difficult job market and equip yourself with the professional skills that businesses are looking for today

Distance learning offers you a flexible, easily accessible, cost effective, global classroom - some of the reasons why it is the best solution to increase your professional skills

Study at King's College London, and benefit from tuition from one of Europe's leading centres in European Law and gain experience from a highly acclaimed faculty

Achieve a postgraduate diploma in only 8 months, with the opportunity to go on and study for a Masters at King's College London

Postgraduate Diploma/Masters from King's College London in UK, EU & US Copyright Law

UK, EU & US Copyright Law - Programme Overview

The programme provides tuition from one of Europe’s leading centres in European Law and is studied on a distance learning basis, thereby avoiding crucial time spent away from your place of work.

The programme aims to provide the professional with an in-depth and up-to-date knowledge of the general principles of copyright law, mainly focusing on the law in the United Kingdom, the principles of United States copyright law and the major ‘copyright’ Directives of the European Community.

For more information see Copyright Law by Distance Learning 2014 Course Programme

It will allow you to gain a competitive advantage in a difficult job market and increase your skills at this crucial time. Specifically the programme will:

• Introduce the main international copyright conventions in the field;

• Deal with rights in literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works, films, sound recordings, broadcasts, cable programmes, computer programs and databases, performers’ rights and publishers’ rights;

• Cover both theoretical aspects and questions which arise in practice, in particular concerning infringement and available remedies;

• Include a unit devoted to the French and German laws on author’s rights and related rights;

• Examine thoroughly United States Copyright Law in two units;

• Conclude with the main challenges in the field of copyright, in particular those arising from international communication through satellite and the internet, and from digital technology generally

Successful Postgraduate Diploma students can, if they wish, apply to enrol in a Masters in UK, EU & US Copyright Law from King’s College London which is also a part-time distance learning programme.

What units will I study on the programme?

View Copyright Law 2014 Syllabus here


  • Historical Background, International Context and General Principles
  • Copyright: its history and scope – national, international and regional regulation of copyright


  • General Overview
  • Copyright Subject Matter
  • Protection Criteria
  • Economic Rights
  • Limitations and Exceptions
  • Infringement


  • General Overview
  • Limitations and Exceptions


  • General Outline of French and German Laws on Author’s Rights and Related Rights


  • Introduction
  • Rental / Lending and Related Rights Directive
  • Computer Program Directive


  • Current issues in national, international and regional copyright and related rights law, including challenges raised by digital technology and the Internet to traditional concepts, and to the definition, application, exercise and enforcement of rights

View Copyright Law 2014 Syllabus here 

What did previous students think of the programme?

"A very intensive and practical course"
N. Franks
BP plc
"An interesting and well-structured course"
R. Bradshaw
Eagle Rock Entertainment Ltd
"Comprehensive and useful comparison of Copyright legal systems"
J. Aitchison

Some of the organisations that have benefited from the UK, EU & US Copyright Law programme:

The Copyright Licensing Authority Limited OVC Media UK Intellectual Software Alliance Survey EUMESTAT British Film Institute
ITV Property Office Reynolds Porter Berwin Leighton Paisner British Geological Imation Europe Music Publishers Association MCPS-PRS Alliance
Turner S J Berwin Chamberlain PACT Samarts Network EMI Music NISA Global Entertainment (Pty) Ltd
Business Finers Stephens Innocent BBC Shed Productions Broadcasting Reuters Victoria & Albert Museum
AEPI-Hellenic PPL/VPL Sheridans Universal International Music F. R. Kelly & Co Getronics UK Limited Society for the Protection of Intellectual Property