LAWS 2035


Course Level


Offered Externally


Course ID


Unit Value


University-wide elective course

Course owner

Course owner
UniSA Justice & Society

Course aim

The aim of this course is to provide students with an understanding of how the law impacts on the work of those in the music industry; the influence of music on the development of law and culture; and alternative dispute mechanisms involving musicians and others.

Course content

  • The relationship between music, law and culture - music as a communicator of religious, social and political ideas - music as a vehicle for social change and law reform - an overview of the Australian legal system.
  • The making of contracts and agreements - express and implied terms- circumstanced that can impact on the validity and/or enforceability of a contract.
  • Recording and Distribution - the history of recording, record labels and the nature of recording contracts - the - introduction of 360 degree record deals - types of distribution agreements in the music industry - distribution of music and the impact of digital age - a consideration of the relevant case law regarding record piracy.
  • Copyright - an introduction to intellectual property law - copyright in relation to musical and literary works and sound recordings - an overview of the Copyright Act - offences, remedies' and defences in action for breach of copyright.
  • Live performances - film soundtracks - types of licensing agreements - the 'p' notice (first publication notice) - re-releases and remixes.
  • The death and re-birth of live music in Australia - the state of the live music scene in each of the capital cities- liquor licensing laws - noise complaints - the classification of buildings to accommodate live music.
  • Alternative dispute resolution - negotiation strategies and skills - conciliation - mediation - arbitration, including expert determination.


MacFarlane P & Kontoleon P 2016, Music and the Law,, Federation Press, Annandale NSW


Must have completed 36 units of study.



Teaching method

Component Duration
Preparatory 1 x 1 week
Lecture 2 hours x 10 weeks
Workshop 1 hour x 10 weeks
Workshop 40 hours x n/a

Note: These components may or may not be scheduled in every study period. Please refer to the timetable for further details.


Essay, Presentation, Report


EFTSL*: 0.125
Commonwealth Supported program (Band 4C)
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Course Coordinators

Ms Paraskevi Kontoleon
Ms Paraskevi Kontoleon arrow-small-right
UniSA Justice & Society

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