Intellectual Properties & Entertainment Contract Law BUS1050T


For Credit: $4495
Not For Credit: $3895

This course will provide students with a broad understanding of intellectual property and copyright in the entertainment industry.

Students will be introduced to key terms including patents, trademarks, trade secret laws, moral rights, licensing, ownership, duration, infringements, and current laws regarding industrial designs. Students will then explore the nature of contracts and contract law, and study a wide range of entertainment industry agreements and contracts, including those utilized by the film, publishing, and sports industries.

For Credit
Not For Credit

Virtual Classroom Schedule

This course is delivered in a Virtual Classroom format. During classes, you will be able to interact with your instructor and peers in real-time through online tools and course software. The course has an assigned class schedule, evaluation dates, and assignment due dates. All classes are recorded and posted to your course page to review any content you may have missed. To get the most out of this course we strongly recommend you attend all classes. Please check the posted class schedule before you enroll. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our admissions team at

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Tue 19
Tue 26
Feb 02
Feb 09
Feb 23
Mar 02
Mar 09
Mar 16
Mar 23
Mar 30
Apr 06
Apr 13
Apr 20

Please Note: Course schedules are subject to change.

About Course Credit

If you choose to take this course for credit, you will be required to attend the instructor-led virtual classes for the course and record your attendance through our Learning Management System (LMS). To receive credit for the course, you must complete all course evaluations and obtain a minimum final grade of 60%. If you enroll in a course for credit, our Registrar's office will schedule a meeting with you to review the For Credit requirements in advance of the course start date. If you choose the Not for Credit option when you enroll, you will still be registered in the same course and have access to all of the same lectures and materials as the For Credit students, but you will not be able to apply the course as a credit towards one of Metalworks Institute's Online Diploma Programs.

Please Note: Credits can only be applied to online diploma programs within 24 months of course completion.

When taken for credit Intellectual Properties & Entertainment Contract Law BUS1050T can be applied towards these associated Diploma Programs:


All of Metalworks Institute's online courses are divided into learning modules which are outlined below. A more detailed syllabus is provided once students are registered.

In this learning module, students will be provided with a broad and thorough introduction to intellectual property, including the value of intellectual property, the legal basis for intellectual property, types of intellectual property, indigenous intellectual property, and more.


Course Specific Requirements

Prerequisites & Corequisites
Introduction To The Entertainment Industry BUS1000T is the prerequisite for this course. In order to take this course, you must have already successfully completed Introduction To The Entertainment Industry BUS1000T.

Required Textbooks & Resources
• None

Suggested Textbooks & Resources
• None

Course-Specific Hardware & Software Requirements
• None

General Requirements

Below are the minimum requirements to access and participate in the course environment. Please make sure to also check the Prerequisites, Corequisites and Course-Specific Requirements section above, and ensure your computer meets or exceeds the minimum system requirements for all software needed for your course.

Mac Users
 OS X 10.10
Yosemite or Higher

PC Users
• Windows 10

All Users
Latest Version of Google Chrome or Safari
Microsoft Teams
Speakers or Headphones
Internal or External Microphone
High-Speed Internet Connection



Paul Sanderson

Since being called to the Ontario bar in 1983, Paul has been in private practice and has practiced entertainment and arts law exclusively. He is currently a sole practitioner in the firm Sanderson Entertainment Law in Toronto. Paul is the author of the legal texts “Musicians and the Law in Canada” (Carswell Legal Publication), and “Artists’ Contracts: Agreements for Visual and Media Artists” (CARFAC Ontario). He is also the co-founder of ALAS (Artist Legal Advice Services), Canada’s first summary advice legal service which offers free legal advice for artists of all disciplines.

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Please Note: Instructor(s) is/are subject to change based on availablity.


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