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Free high-quality online education on offer

12 Apr 2019 / Law Society Print

Art for art’s sake

Leading figures from the arts freely share their legal expertise in free Law Society online course

The interaction between arts, entertainment and the law is the theme for the Law Society’s Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), starting on Tuesday, 7 May.

The Blackhall Place Diploma Centre runs a free online MOOC each year, which is open to all, as part of the Law Society’s public legal education initiatives.

To date, the Diploma Centre’s MOOCs have attracted over 10,000 participants from over 60 countries, since the 2014 launch.

This year’s MOOC will provide participants with a comprehensive guide to legal and business issues affecting those working in the arts, drama, entertainment, media and publishing industries.

Contributor and Royal Hibernian Academy painter James Hanley says that make people make art for love and not for money.

“Art is a self-sustaining activity. More than anything else, it is something you do yourself to keep yourself sane and happy.

“The cream will rise to the top, and people will always make art. If they are driven, if they are passionate, if it is in them, absolutely, they will, no matter what the commercial considerations are.”

This free online course runs over five weeks and provides a short, yet incisive, overview of the law, business practices and commercial realities for those working and contributing to the arts, entertainment and media industries.


The course features online recorded interviews and streamed presentations, together with interactive discussion forums and quizzes that allow participants to engage directly with expert presenters.

This year’s contributors including media lawyers Andrea Martin and Aideen Burke, music law barrister William Ryan and Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan.

Author Anne Griffin will explore writer’s block and navigating the publishing hurdles, Oscar-nominated film producer Ed Guiney will discuss the financing and funding of contracts, while Brown Bag Films founder Cathal Gaffney will detail the now-global stage for Irish animation.

The full programme schedule can be viewed at www.lawsociety.ie.  .

To sign up, visit: https://mooc2019.lawsociety.ie/

There are also ten CPD points available for completing the MOOC.

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