Contracts, Copyright and Rights Management - CMAT5060

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2021 to 2022
Autumn Term 5 15 (7.5) Richard Lightman checkmark-circle


Contracts are one of the most important elements of the Music Industry and impact directly on the success or failure of an artist's career. Students will learn the key negotiation elements of artist management, recording, publishing, touring and merchandising contracts and the different ways in which stakeholders approach the negotiations of these contracts. The various rights organisations and their operating models, both nationally and internationally are also examined along with the collection of copyright and performance royalties, their generation and importance within the framework of the industry.


Contact hours

Contact hours: 22
Independent study hours: 128
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

This module will be assessed by 100% coursework.

Essay (1500 words) 50%
Contract and a 1000-word analysis 50%

Reassessment methods


Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List

Christie, A. and Gare, S. (2012). Blackstone's statutes on intellectual property. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Marshall, L., Frith, S. (Eds.), 2004. Music and Copyright, 2nd edition. ed. Routledge, New York.
Moser, D. J. and Slay, C. L. (2012). Music copyright law. Boston, Mass.: Course Technology, Cengage Learning
Waelde, C. (2014). Contemporary intellectual property: law and policy. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Wikström, P. (2013). The music industry: music in the cloud 2nd Edition. Cambridge: Polity Press.

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Exhibit an in-depth understanding of copyright, contractual and ethical issues that impact upon the music industry.
2. Develop ideas, concepts and proposals for music events or projects, based on an awareness of the key drivers for success.
3. Analyse and evaluate business data and to use that research for evidence-based decision-making.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Gather, evaluate and synthesise evidence including the identification of reliable academic sources.
2. Analyse data and to formulate and express relevant arguments and hypotheses.
3. Utilise relevant skills in information communication technologies and use of electronic information sources.
4. Work independently, to understand one's own learning style and work regime.


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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