The Blockchain Era and Mass Copyright Licensing: The Future of Enforcement?
Blockchain has the potential to revolutionise the transacting capabilities between individuals. One of the many benefits of blockchain is its ability to allow online (micro) payments to be sent directly from one party to another without going through a financial institution. This element has much significance for copyright law, particularly from the point of view of licensing copyright in the dissemination of creative works.
A further benefit of blockchain is its ability to timestamp transactions thereby forming a record that cannot be changed – providing unprecedented security benefits. The ability to ‘trace’ a transaction through an authentic time stamp is a significant benefit in the digital world. Furthermore, it appears to be able to resolve the issue of intellectual property enforcement through the clear identification of ‘ownership’ and ‘authorship’. Such benefits suggest that the blockchain is more than a mere revolution and although it has also been branded as a ‘mere hype’ by some of its critics, a deeper insight into its regulation, from the perspective of intellectual property, in particular copyright, as well as enforcement is essential.
As such, this project will consider the viability of mass copyright licensing through the blockchain in a world without
“middlemen” on the one hand, whilst on the other, the project will consider the security benefits it presents. For example, the ability to ‘trace’ a file to its creator / owner through the means of blockchain, seems the perfect solution. However, is it feasible and can it be achieved? Ultimately, is it possible to live in a completely decentralised world?
Whilst exploring these questions, this project aims to provide practical solutions for industry in response to the issues of mass copyright licensing and security. Furthermore, through the project’s collaboration with the match-funder, Blockchain Advisory, a premium advisory firm focused on Decentralised Ledger Technology – this project will further provide the PhD candidate with opportunities to engage with academia as well as industry, as part of the appointment. In doing so, the PhD project aims to have both academic as well as practical significance.
How to apply:
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Candidates for a PhD Studentship should demonstrate outstanding qualities and be motivated to complete a PhD in 4 years and must demonstrate:
• Outstanding academic potential as measured normally by either a 1st class honours degree (or equivalent Grade Point Average (GPA) or a Master’s degree with distinction or equivalent
• An IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 minimum (with a minimum 6.0 in each component, or equivalent) for candidates for whom English is not their first language and this must be evidenced at point of application.
Funding notes: Funded candidates will receive a maintenance grant of £15,225 per year to contribute towards living expenses during the course of your research, as well as a fee waiver for 36 months.