Short Title:Applied Media Law
Full Title:Applied Media Law
Module Code:LAWS H3000
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:7
Field of Study:Audio-visual techniques and media production
Module Delivered in no programmes
Module Description:The aim of the module is to familiarize students with the legal environment of the media industries and in particular the laws governing intellectual property, data protection and professional standards and conduct. The students will become familiar with and capable of discussing the relevant legal concepts. As law is an ongoing and dynamic subject the syllabus content will be expanded or modified, as the case may be, to reflect developments in the law set out in this module.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Evaluate the relevance of the Irish legal framework of the audio visual industry within an international context
LO2 Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the core legal and ethical issues
LO3 Understand, identify and distinguish issues of contract relating to media production.
LO4 Design, develop and commercialise media products with a view to respecting intellectual property rights of third parties and utilising licences and creation and protection of intellectual property in media products
Pre-requisite learning
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

Module Content & Assessment

Content (The percentage workload breakdown is inidcative and subject to change) %
The Legal Environment
Common law and Civil Law Jurisdictions. Introduction to concepts involved in conflicts of law. Legal issues raised by developments in digital media, telecommunications and e-commerce.
Contract law
Formation of contract. Exemption clauses. Mistake, Misrepresentation, Duress and Undue Influence Illegality, Discharge and Remedies.Application of contract law to the audio visual industries – legal issues in pre-production work, option agreements, copyright clearance, screenplay agreements, licences and assignments, actors agreements, performers consents, release forms, insurance. The Contract of Employment.Intellectual Property Licensing, software licences, source code escrow contracts, production and distribution agreements.
Law of Torts
Introduction to the Law of Torts. Defamation. Negligence.
Advanced Intellectual Property
Trademarks, Domain Names, Copyright, Performers Rights. Moral Rights, Internet Domain Names
Legal regulation of the internet
Privacy, free speech, incitement to hatred, child protection and pornography. Harmful and illegal uses of the internet. Data Protection.
Resolution and Avoidance of Media Disputes
Dispute avoidance. Dispute Resolution. The Courts. Arbitration. International Arbitration. Alternative Dispute Resolution. Internet Domain Name Dispute Resolution. Broadcasting and Advertising Complaints procedures.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Assignment Individual or group researchd assignment 1,2,3 50.00 Week 8
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4 50.00 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

IT Tallaght reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Class based lecture 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning Independent study and research 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 5.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • Brian Doolan, 2011, Principles of Irish Law 8edn, 8th ed Ed., Gill & Macmillan [ISBN: 9780717149896]
  • Robert Clark, Shane Smyth, 2010, Intellectual Property Law in Ireland, 3rd ed Ed., Bloomsbury Professional [ISBN: 9781847663665]
Recommended Book Resources
  • Denis Kelleher, Karen Murray, 2007, Information Technology Law in Ireland, 2nd edition Ed., Bloomsbury Professional [ISBN: 9781845921118]
  • David T. Keeling, 2011, Kerlys Law of Trade Marks & Trade Names, 15h ed Ed., Sweet and Maxwell [ISBN: 9781847037701]
  • Richard Miller, QC et al 2010, Terrell on the Law of Patents, 17h ed Ed., Sweet and Maxwell [ISBN: 9781847039033]
  • general editor and principal author, Torsten Bettinger; author of UK Chapter, Tony Willoughby; author of US Chapter, Sally M. Abel 2005, Domain name law and practice, Oxford University Press [ISBN: 9780199278251]
  • K. M. Garnett, 2010, Copinger and Skone James on Copyright. Edited by Kevin Garnett, Gillian Davies, Gwilym Harbottle, 16h ed. Ed. [ISBN: 9780414043312]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
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