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78165 Media and Entertainment Law and Regulation

Requisite(s): ( 78100c Postgraduate Legal Research OR ((102 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04236 Juris Doctor OR 102 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04250 Juris Doctor Master of Business Administration)) OR 78203c Communications and Intellectual Property Law Overview )
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Anti-requisite(s): 76063 Media Law AND 78166 Media and Entertainment Law and Regulation


The legal environment in which the various aspects of the media and entertainment industries operate sees restrictions imposed on the content that can be made and distributed. This subject provides students with a comprehensive and practical understanding of the laws that regulate content in the media and entertainment industries, both in Australia and internationally. Students examine the legal relationships and transactions involved with the production and distribution of content, including film and television, music, and new media, including social media.

This subject examines the legal and industry self-regulation of media and entertainment content. Students explore the policy and legal issues surrounding regulation of media and entertainment content (including arts, film, broadcasting, music, gaming, and telecommunications), particularly in light of developing media and communications technologies.

Throughout the subject students analyse laws that restrict what can be expressed, exhibited, broadcast, published or distributed. Topics include freedom of speech, defamation, contempt, hate speech and vilification, obscenity and pornography, sedition, copyright, and the regulation of the internet. In particular, this subject provides students with an understanding of the role of the lawyer and the legal issues restricting the production and distribution of creative content.

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