Wednesday 25 January 2012

"Great fun, interesting, rewarding": funded copyright PhDs with Estelle

The worst thing about
doing a PhD is the silly
uniform they make you
wear for graduation ..
This blogger's friend, the distinguished scholar Dr Estelle Derclaye (University of Nottingham, England), has received two fully-funded collaborative PhD scholarships. They are both in the field of copyright:
* one is in collaboration with a very prominent technology company on the liability of ISPs for copyright infringement but also other types of breaches eg privacy, defamation; 
* the other is with a prominent music company on parody and non-commercial use generally and specifically applied to music. This latter one will review French, Canadian, Australian and UK law. 
There will be a three month internship in each organisation (depending on which studentship the student applies for and obtains) which should be great fun, interesting, rewarding and very special and rare for a PhD student in the field of intellectual property. The supervisor will be Estelle herself and, in addition to the three months traineeship, the successful candidate will be in regular contact with the legal counsel of the company co-sponsoring the PhD.

There will be a selection process and short-listed candidates will be interviewed by Estelle and legal counsel of the two companies. Knowledge of intellectual property -- and more specifically copyright -- is highly desirable, as well as French language abilities, for the second scholarship.

Candidates do not have to draft a proposal but do need to provide a personal statement of their skills, knowledge, interest and motivation.

Enquiries on the topics can be addressed to  For procedural matters, send email or

If you are interested, you can see the advert on, the Guardian online and the Times online or at 

The deadline for receipt of applications is 20 February.  Good luck!

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