Interning with the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society: LLM student Sarah reports

Bangor LLM student Sarah Tracey recently completed a very worthwhile paid internship with the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society in London. Here, she tells us about the experience…

“I have had a firm interest in Intellectual Property Law since my undergraduate years. Thus, upon being offered the chance to undertake not only a paid internship, but one that was Intellectual Property-based, with the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) – one of the largest collective management organisations in the UK – I seized the opportunity without a second thought.

A stone’s throw from the River Thames and the Tower of London, the ALCS building is in the heart of London’s business and tourism district. I was warmly greeted by all the employees of ALCS and made to feel welcome throughout my two-week placement. I worked closely alongside the Head of Rights and Licensing, Mr Richard Combes. My role in the firm was primarily research-based – this included writing up case notes, summarising relevant legislation and undertaking statistical research. I was also invited to a number of meetings, most notably, a UK Intellectual Property Office consultation on important secondary legislation relating to the copyright exceptions in the UK.  

The internship provided me with excellent legal work experience and an insight into city life. I also gained a great deal of knowledge concerning a niche area of law: collecting societies and their important role within the intellectual property world. Authors are often plagued by piracy issues, resulting in a loss of earnings. My Masters dissertation touches upon the implications of digital copyright infringement, thus the research I carried out at ALCS proved invaluable for my academic studies.

All in all, I had a first-class experience at ALCS, and would highly recommend my fellow students to apply for the 2015 summer placement. Many thanks to Mark Hyland, Bangor Law School lecturer, for organising the internship.”

Publication date: 8 September 2014