Diploma in Intellectual Property and Collections

This course will introduce the basics of intellectual property (IP) and show how IP rights can relate to other tangible rights. There will be a focus on copyright that will explain its essential elements, the types of works protected, copyright duration, assignment, infringement and the defences available against claims of infringement, including the ‘fair dealing’ exceptions. The course will also cover moral rights, artist resale rights, the law of confidence, digital rights management and trademarks.

By the end of the course you will:

  • know how artists, museums and galleries can protect their IP;
  • understand what IP challenges museums and galleries face in the 21st century;
  • know what can be done if IP rights are infringed.

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The Diploma course has run every year since 2014 over three days in mid-June. The dates for 2019 will be confirmed shortly.


The Diploma course always runs in central London. The location for 2019 will be confirmed shortly.


The course requires no pre-existing knowledge of law and will offer necessary training in hands-on IP management.


In order to be awarded the Diploma (DipIPC), you will be required to complete an oral assessment at the end of the course and a written assignment, due after the conclusion of the course.


The course is led by IAL Assistant Director Alexander Herman and Senior Researcher Emily Gould, with at least one guest lecture from a leading expert.


The cost to attend is £750.00 plus VAT (£900 total). Discounts are available for IAL and UKRG members.


“Very informative and helpful in my day-to-day job.” (Rights and Images Sales Executive, National Maritime Museum)
“Really enjoyed this course… I would definitely come again.” (Legal counsel, Wellcome Trust)
“I thought the teaching on the course was interesting and engaging. I felt I learnt a lot.” (Account manager, British Museum Images)


Sessions will cover:

  • Copyright subsistence and artistic works: What is “art”? What is copyright?
  • Copyright infringement: How can cultural institutions protect against infringement?
  • Copyright duration: How to calculate the term of copyright?
  • Fair dealing and other exceptions to copyright infringement
  • Orphan works, moral rights and artist resale rights
  • IP management for museums
  • Museums and IP in the digital era
  • International and cross-border considerations
  • The interplay between tangible and intangible rights
  • IP clauses in art and exhibition contracts
  • Art and other forms of IP: passing off, confidence and trademarks

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To register your interest please contact jo.crabtree@nullial.uk.com