Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Legal Aspects of the Entertainment Business

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Media and Communications

DESCRIPTION Legal Aspects of Entertainment is a unit that seeks to outline key legal issues that typically arise in an entertainment business.
The first part of the unit is dedicated to legal organisations, particularly, companies and partnerships. Concepts such as limited liability, role of directors and shareholders, and governance are discussed.
The second part of the unit is dedicated to intellectual property, with a specific focus on the institute of copyright and neighbouring rights. In this part, students learn about the various protected works and copyright interests, and also how to obtain relative releases.
The third part of the unit is dedicated to data protection, highlighting the various obligations that emerge from the General Data Protection Regulation, and the matters that arise when operating or working within an entertainment business.

Study-unit Aims:

The aim of the study-unit is to give students an overview of the key legal issues that arise in an entertainment business, and an understanding of how these issues are dealt with in practice.
The aim is also to help students become conversant on the technical side of a business, to bolster their intuition if they ever chose to follow an entrepreneurial path following their studies.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Differentiate between, a company, partnership and a sole trader, and their suitability;
- Have insights into the workings of the institute of copyright and neighbouring rights, and learn how to obtain releases from right holders;
- Ensure, with regards to data protection, that rights of data subjects are safeguarded, including how to obtain consent from data subjects.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Setting up a company or partnership, and governing such organisations;
- Identifying protected works and obtaining releases;
- Procuring consent from data subjects, and ensuring that their rights are safeguarded prior to embarking on an entertainment project.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Text/s:

Muscat A. (2007) Principles of Maltese Company Law. Malta : Malta University Press
Lecture Slides

Supplementary Readings:

Copyright Law in the EU. European Parliamentary
Stamatoudi I. & Torremans P. (2014) EU Copyright Law: A Commentary. Edward Elgar Pub
General Data Protection Regulation


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Oral Examination (10 Minutes) SEM2 Yes 40%
Classwork SEM2 No 60%


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