Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC)

Our 2019 MOOC in Arts, Entertainment and Media Law - issues that take centre stage commenced on Tuesday 7 May.

Register for the Arts, Entertainment and Media Law MOOC

Join us on this dynamic, interactive and free course, to gain a short yet incisive overview of law, business practices and commercial realities for those working and contributing to the arts, entertainment and media industries.

Launched on 7 May, the 2019 MOOC in Arts, Entertainment and Media Law from the Diploma Centre at the Law Society of Ireland is free and open to all to join. So whether your passion is painting, photography, producing, performing, writing, reporting, or whether you act for or help someone with that passion, join us!


What to expect

Over five weeks the course topics include:

  • The state of art, entertainment and media industries in Ireland;
  • State support for the sector and sources of funding for participant;
  • The rights and risks of publishing content and the responsibilities placed on all;
  • The contractual challenges to achieve commercial success;
  • The impact of technology on the sector, new tech and new trends;
  • The future for the sector, market openings and career opportunities.

In keeping with the dynamic nature of its content, the MOOC will conclude with a panel session dealing with the current issues and future opportunities for the sector. In what’s set to be an animated discussion among industry experts who share their perspectives, insight and foresight on a market where flux is the perennial force and one that is more fact than fable.

View the full course schedule by clicking the image below.

mooc schedule


Contributors include:

  • James Hickey, Screen Ireland
  • Josepha Madigan, Minister for Arts Culture and the Gaeltacht
  • Dr Annie Doona, Institute of Art, Design & Technology
  • Andrew Hetherington, Business-to-arts
  • Paula Mullooly, Director of Legal, RTE
  • Samantha Holman, Irish Copyright Licensing Agency
  • Brian O'Neill, Technological University Dublin
  • Anne Griffin, Writer
  • William Ryan, Barrister
  • Susan McKeown, Executive Director, Cuala Foundation
  • Andrea Martin, Partner, Media Lawyer Solicitors
  • Ed Guiney, Element Pictures and the Lighthouse Cinema
  • Brian Gormley, Philip Lee
  • Gavin Sheridan, CEO, VizLegal
  • Aideen Burke, LK Shields Solicitors
  • James O'Halloran, Adam’s Auction House
  • Cathal Gaffney, Brown Bag
  • Lynne Parker, Rough Magic Theatre Company
  • James Hanley, Painter


The weekly themes are provided below:

  • Week 1: “Creation Nation” – The state of arts, entertainment & media in Ireland and the role of the State in developing & promoting it;
  • Week 2: “Publish or Perish” – The rights and risks of publishing content and the responsibilities of participants;
  • Week 3: “It’s Complicated – The art of the deal” – The contractual challenges to achieve commercial success;
  • Week 4: “.........And then along came technology” – The impact of technology on the sector and fast-forward from here;
  • Week 5: “It’s A Wrap – Or Is It – The Show Goes On” – The current issues and future opportunities for the sector.

Are CPD points available for undertaking the MOOC?

There are 10 General CPD points available for completing the MOOC in Art, Entertainment and Media Law.

How do I join?

Registration has been extended for MOOC 2019. The course can be completed in a self-paced manner following sign-up. Click the link below to sign-up.

What is a MOOC?

A Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is a free online course that is open to all and specifically designed for large numbers to participate. The annual Law Society of Ireland MOOC presented by the Diploma Centre embraces the Law Society’s access to legal education and the legal profession approach.

mooc map

To date, the Diploma Centre’s MOOCs have attracted over 10,000 participants from over 70 countries since they first launched in 2014.

Course structure

  • Free online course
  • Open to everyone
  • Five weeks duration
  • Contributions from leading lawyers and industry experts
  • Short video interviews and presentations
  • Quizzes and online activities
  • CPD hours available

Topics covered

2014: An Introduction to Aviation Leasing and Finance in Ireland (MOOC)

In 2014 the Diploma Centre launched the Society's first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). This course ran for six weeks and covered an introduction to aviation leasing and finance and its beginnings in Ireland, technical basics, legal, financial and commercial. 

2015: Understanding the Law in a Digital Age (MOOC)

In 2015 the topic was the growing area of Technology Law. Technology has brought exponential change not only in our personal lives but also in professional practice, in terms of how legal practice is managed, the software used and the legal issues confronting clients in business. The MOOC, ‘Understanding the law in a digital age’, explored emerging issues of relevance to entrepreneurs who seek to exploit opportunities in this digital age and to existing organisations who must engage online to prosper. It also examined the importance of regulation, data protection, online privacy and the legal implications of rapidly-growing use of social media. 

2016: Privacy, a human right for the Digital Age (MOOC)

The 2016 MOOC ‘Privacy, a human right for the digital age’, was delivered online over five weeks and comprised presentations from experts in data protection and digital privacy, live online discussions and assessments, and the balance between an individual’s right to privacy and the efficient use of data by companies and other organisations. Specific content such as cyber security threats, the EU-US Privacy Shield – or the ‘Safe Harbour’ agreement as it is known – and the impact of emerging technology, including drones and ‘the internet of things’, are extremely topical and of interest to a wide range of people. 

2017: Employment Law: Brexit borders and offices without walls (MOOC)

In 2017 the topic of 'Employment Law in the digital era: Brexit, borders and offices without walls; challenges and impacts in uncertain times' was explored. The course explored contemporary employment issues including social media in the workplace, equality and the law, dispute resolution mechanisms and hiring post-Brexit: why Ireland works as an alternative. 

2018: Sports Law - the challenges on and off the field of play (MOOC)

The 2018 MOOC in Sports Law gave the inside track on the most topical areas across the sporting world. The course explored areas such as administration of sports clubs, sports as a business, challenges facing professional athletes, offences on and off the pitch, and e-sports.

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