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Copyright and Information Property in the Global Network Society

School of Arts and Creative Industries

About the Project

Copyright has become a highly visible issue as a result of rapid developments in information and communication technologies (ICTs) and the arrival of the Global Network Society. While already researched across a range of disciplines, there is still much that needs to be queried and decided about copyright and other forms of information/intellectual property in the new internationally networked environment. All PhDs need to be grounded in theoretical frameworks and our specially set up, three-person supervisory team can offer expertise in journalism and publishing, information studies, film studies, popular music studies, ethics, aesthetics, media history, media ontology, etc.

Edinburgh Napier University is looking for a PhD student able to conduct an original, in-depth investigation into the question of copyright and/or other types of information/intellectual property in the Global Network Society, using traditional research methodologies. You will be free to shape the research questions and methods according to your own academic background and interests. While a global perspective on this issue is important, you would be welcome to develop case studies, either of a specific country such as China, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, or the USA, and/or a specific technology, genre, or platform, e.g. film, pop music, games, ebooks, web content, social media, distributed ownership, production or methods.

Academic qualifications
A bachelor’s degree (at least a 2.1, but 2.2 considered) or master’s degree in a relevant subject in information/media/cultural studies, humanities or social sciences

English language requirement
IELTS score must be at least 6.5 (with not less than 6.0 in each of the four components). Other, equivalent qualifications will be accepted. Full details of the University’s policy are available online.

Essential attributes:
● Experience of fundamental research
● Competent in theoretical analysis
● Knowledge of global, societal


Indicative Bibliography Castells, Manuel. 2010. The Rise of the Network Society, 2nd ed. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell
Duff, Alistair S. 2012. A Normative Theory of the Information Society. London: Routledge
Feather, John. 2016. The Information Society: a Study of Continuity and Change. London: Facet Publishing

Harkins, Paul. 2012. Extending the term: the Gowers Review and the campaign to increase the length of copyright in sound recordings. Popular Music and Society 35(5), pp. 629-649
Harkins, Paul. 2019. Digital Sampling: the Design and Use of Music Technologies. London: Routledge
Sellors, C. Paul. 2010. Film Authorship: Auteurs and Other Myths. London: Columbia University Press/Wallflower Press

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