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School of Law

Georgia Jenkins


PhD Student




[Re]Consumption of digital content: An access-based secondary market


Professor Guido Westkamp and Dr Gail Evans

Summary of research

Ownership is often heralded as a relic of the past, as streaming services allow consumers instant consumption of digital content. However, today accessing digital content is paradoxically difficult: Users may have access to content at any time or location and in most formats, but this is subject to licensing agreements with onerous terms and conditions. This thesis will address the tension between digital access and copyright enforcement through the construction of an access-based secondary market for digital content in the EU, and evaluate how blockchain technology could assist in its creation. Ultimately, this analysis will project the discussion of digital content access rights into a more realistic framework.


Georgia completed for LLB at the University of Western Australia in 2016 and obtained her LLM in Intellectual Property Law with Distinction at Queen Mary University of London in 2017 (Awarded the IP Law prize and Principal's Prize). After completing the Pan-European Seal Internship at the European Union Intellectual Property Office, Georgia began her PhD at Queen Mary, funded by the Herchel Smith Scholarship. Alongside her research, Georgia teaches a variety of IP postgraduate modules, namely trade mark law.


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