World Intellectual Property Organization

Advanced Course on Copyright and Related Rights (DL-201)

The advanced level course explains the fundamental principles of international copyright and related rights protection, including a comprehensive overview of the international treaties. It also describes the system of collective management of rights and deals with issues of copyright and related rights in the digital environment.


The course consists of 11 substantive modules and a final exam.

  • Module 1: The concept of copyright, the historical background and the international framework
  • Module 2: The Berne Convention: principles and notions of works
  • Module 3: The Berne Convention: content protection - rights and limitations
  • Module 4: The Berne Convention: special types of works and situations
  • Module 5: The TRIPS Agreement and the WIPO Copyright Treaty
  • Module 6: Related rights
  • Module 7: Sui generis regimes of protection, sui generis rights and unfair competition
  • Module 8: The TRIPS Agreement and enforcement issues
  • Module 9: Collective management of rights
  • Module 10: Copyright on the Internet
  • Module 11: IP and Development - Lecture: Public Domain and Flexibilities under Copyright and Related Rights
  • Final Exam

Academic support is provided throughout each module by experienced tutors who are expert practitioners in the field of intellectual property.

Final Exam and Certificate

There is a written final exam at the end of this course for which participants are required to compose written responses to a series of questions within a specified timeframe and submit their responses, via the eLearning platform, to their tutors for marking. Participants are individually contacted regarding modalities for accessing the final exam approximately one week prior to the deadline for completion of the DL-201 course.

Participants who pass the DL-201 final exam are awarded a certificate of completion for the course.


This course is open to legal practitioners, managers in copyright offices and staff in collective management societies, broadcasting organizations or publishing industries, academics and university students with a prior knowledge of IP such as those who have successfully completed DL-101.


Course basics

  • Duration - Approx. 120 hours of study time over a period of 12 weeks
  • Languages - Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
  • Tuition Fees

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