KLS 3644 Copyright and contract law


KLS 3644 Copyright and contract law

Responsible for the course
Monica Viken

Department of Accounting - Auditing and Law

According to study plan

ECTS Credits

Language of instruction

The course covers the copyright and contract law aspects in cultural industries.

Learning outcome
Acquired knowledge
The students should gain an understanding of intellectual property rights and be acquainted with particular challenges in various cultural sectors.

Acquired skills
After having completed the course the students should be able to see potential legal issues within the arts and culture area, to find the applicable rules of law in the copyright legislation and be able to apply them in practice. Particular emphasis is placed on the copyright protection of works of art, the contract aspects of the copyright owner's use of these rights and special statutory provisions for legal use of works of art.

The student shall become aware of the value and rights that are associated with creative work and see the connection between the copyright owners' need for protection and society's need for access to creative work.

The students must have completed year 1 and 2 of the programme.

Compulsory reading
Langfeldt, Sverre F., red. Næringslivets lovsamling 1687- ... til Lov og rett for næringslivet. Siste utg. Universitetsforlaget : Focus forlag. Alle relevante lover for kurset. Oppslagsverk og lovlig eksamenshjelpemiddel
Rognstad, Ole-Andreas. 2009. Opphavsrett. Universitetsforlaget. (Hele boken)
Wessel-Aas, Jon. 2013. Jus og sosiale medier. Kommuneforlaget

Collection of articles:
Langfeldt, Sverre F. (red.). 2012. Artikkelsamling i Opphavs- og kontraktsrett. 3. utg. Handelshøyskolen BI. (Hele heftet)

Recommended reading

Course outline

  • Overview of Intellectual property law
  • General contract law
  • Exclusive rights and protection against competition
  • Law in social media
  • Security interest in intellectual property rights
  • Intellectual property rights in cultural life, especially of the industries;
- The book industry
- The music industry
- The Film industry
- Theatre and Orchestra
- Gallery and Museum

Computer-based tools
No particular computer-based tools are used in this course.

Learning process and workload
The course consists of 54 teaching hours that cover the various syllabus topics. In order to benefit fully from the lectures students must have studied the relevant reading material and legal rules before class. As a rule only the main issues in the syllabus will be discussed in the lectures. Students are expected to bring support materials and in particular the code of laws to class. They must learn to use them in their study of various topics. Part of the syllabus must be studied through self-tuition.

Recommended workload for the students

Activity Use of hours
Attendance at lectures
Preparation for lectures
Total recommended workload

    A 5-hour individual written examination

    Examination code(s)
    KLS 36441 written examination that accounts for 100% of the grade in the course.

    Examination support materials
    The Code of laws and authorized compilation of law texts and treaties. Support materials at written examinations are explained under exam information in our web-based Student handbook. Please note use of calculator and dictionary. http://www.bi.edu/studenthandbook/examaids

    Re-sit examination
    A re-sit is held in connection with the next scheduled examination in the course.

    Additional information