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Course Certificate in Media Law


This brand new two-day course is aimed at solicitors in private practice and in-house who advise media companies.

The course provides an overview of the key issues, guiding delegates through media law and practice from copyright to production contracts, clearances to exploiting media products.

Day One

  • Copyright definitions, and EU effects, comparing with countries outside the EU, and when copyright comes to an end.
  • Patents and trademarks (an outline)
  • Defences for breach of copyright and relevant cases.
  • Rights of those involved in productions. Credits and moral rights
  • Clearing rights for media productions
  • Option agreements, confidentiality agreements.
  • Format rights and protecting formats, case studies.
  • Musicians - main points of a contract, the musicians union.
  • Contracts within groups
  • Music rights and publishing companies, including music in productions.
The music collecting societies, PRS, MCPS, PPL
  • Publishing companies and literary agents, case studies
  • Actors' agents and agency generally
  • Development agreements
  • The Production Contract, explaining the clauses.

Day Two

  • Writers and co-writers, script writers and writer’s contracts, the writer’s guild
  • Actors, contracts and Equity, withholding tax, national insurance, terms of contract and negotiations, work permits.
  • Extras, walk-ons payments, differences with actors.
  • Technicians and the BECTU union, NUJ
  • Children in media, legal requirements for a licence, chaperones.
  • Locations, National Trust, Historic Houses, difficulties with film crews.
  • Film Production, distributors, costs, points system.
  • Computers, mod chips, copying software, web sites, difficulties of taking proceedings.
  • Cybersquatting definition and proceedings
  • Exploitation, overseas sales, costs, net and gross profit

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12 hours


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2 Day Course
Wed 25 Oct 2017
Thu 26 Oct 2017
09:30 | London
Richard Pugh

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