Course Descriptions & Student Learning Outcomes

MELE 203 - Intellectual Properties (3)

  • Prerequisite: "C" or higher in MELE 204

This course provided a comprehensive study of intellectual property, the rationale for intellectual property protection, current issues involving intellectual property, international intellectual property issues, and the role of intellectual property in the music and entertainment industry. The types of intellectual property covered include copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, and patents. Primary emphasis will be on copyright since that is an area of intellectual property most relevant to the entertainment industry. May be taken on a CR/N basis.

3 hrs. lect. per week

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of MELE 203, the student will be able to:

  • Identify and distinguish the types of intellectual property (i.e., copyrights, patents, trademarks and trade secrets).
  • Describe how intellectual property law applies to the music & entertainment industry.
  • Debate the philosophical rationales for intellectual property law.
  • List the exclusive rights under copyright law as well as the mail limitations on those rights.
  • Explain how intellectual property rights can be infringed.
  • Describe and apply the fair use test under copyright law.

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