Amy Thomas is a Research and Teaching Associate at the University of Glasgow School of Law / CREATe centre and is currently researching her PhD thesis (CMS/CREATe collaborative scholarship). Her research mainly focuses on the relationship between copyright, usership and private ordering systems, though she also has interests in copyright-related aspects of video games and eSports. Amy acts as the sub-editor for the Copyright Evidence Wiki, collating empirical research relating to copyright.
Conferences and talks
- CREATe Symposium 2019: Emerging Researchers’ Workshop, University of Glasgow “The Concept of User in End-User Licensing Agreements” (8 October 2019)
- Postgraduate Conference, University of Liverpool “The Concept of User in End-User Licensing Agreements” (9 September 2019)
- BILETA, Queen’s University (Belfast) “EULAs in eSports and video game streaming: copyright as a new commercial imperitive for game owners” (15 April 2019)
- Learning on Screen Using Other People’s Stuff, Dundee V&A “The Fortnite Dancing Debate: cultural borrowing or creative stealing?” (26 March 2019)
- IP Discussion Group, University of Oxford “Private ordering and the origins of the digital user” (27 November 2018)
- Postgraduate Conference, University of Strathclyde “eSports as Traditional Sports: Consequences for Copyright” (28 September 2018)
- Intellectual Property Researchers Europe, University of Geneva/WIPO/WTO “The Concept and Myth of the Digital User in Copyright Law” (29 June 2018)
- Copyright Evidence Wikipedia (2017 – present) – Sub-editor
- Freedom of panorama: making copyright law (in)visible (Carnegie Research Trust) (June 2019 – February 2020) – Conducting rights clearance simulation, literature and doctrinal analysis
- EU Copyright Reform - Research assistance relating to negotiation phase of the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market.
- Open Access Tracking Project - Sourcing and tagging of open access related news.
- OpenAIRE - Creation of checklist tool designed to ensure digital repository compatibility with open access principles.
- OpenMinTeD - Open licence annotation integrated into text and data mining compatibility matrix.
- Teaching Assistant, Copyright X (affiliated course offered by Harvard Law School) (2018 – Present)
- Course Convener, Intellectual Property Law (CCPR, Masters), University of Glasgow (Spring 2020)
- Intellectual Property Law Lecturer, Law for Engineers (Undergraduate), University of Glasgow (Spring 2020)
- Guest Lecturer, Pre-sessional Law (Masters), University of Glasgow (Winter 2019)
- Guest Lecturer, Intellectual Property Law (Masters), University of Strathclyde (Spring 2019)
- Guest Lecturer, Contemporary Issues in IP (LLM), University of Glasgow (Spring 2019)
- Workshop Presenter, “Securing your Intellectual Creations”, Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities Summer School (20 June 2018)
- PhD Scholarship in legal aspects of data and digital innovation at School of Law, in collaboration with international law firm CMS and CREATe, the RCUK copyright centre (2017)
- Certificates of academic excellence in Competition, Environmental, and Criminal Prejudice and Discrimination Law (University of Stirling, LLB, 2010 – 2014)
- Thomas, A. (2019), Meese, James, Authors, Users, and Pirates: Copyright Law and Subjectivity, Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press, 2018, 240pp, hb $35.00/£27.00.. The Modern Law Review, 82: 1197-1201. doi:1111/1468-2230.12454
Blog posts (selected)
- “The First Software Licensing Agreement and its Relationship with Copyright Law”, CREATe Blog (14 November 2018)
- “CREATe-ing a Guide for New PhD Students”, University of Glasgow PGR Blog (14 August 2019)
- “The Fortnite Dance Controversy: Ethics of Reuse”, Copyright Licensing Agency (7 May 2019)
- “EU Copyright Reform: What you may have missed”, CREATe Blog (21 March 2019)
- Copyright Evidence Wiki Round-Up Series, CREATe Blog (November 2018, December 2018, January 2019, April 2019, May 2019, July 2019, October 2019, April 2020)
- LLB Law (Stirling University) First Class (Hons) (2010-2014) (achieving three certificates of academic excellence in Competition, Environmental, and Criminal Prejudice and Discrimination Law)
- HNC Social Sciences (Ayr College) (2009-2010) (incl. Sociology, Psychology, Criminology and Research Methodology)
- Research and Teaching Assistant, University of Glasgow (Nov. 2019 – Present)
- Paralegal, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP (2015-2017)