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My research considers how private law treats intangible property. Digitalisation has changed ownership and control of personal property, something which English law has struggled to properly address. Problems arise because English law relies extensively on possession as a proxy for ownership. Intangible property cannot be possessed under English law. My research considers the extent, if at all, to which intangible property can be accommodated by private law, particularly in the context of the sale of goods and the property torts. I ask whether the focus on possession is practically and theoretically defensible when categories of commercially valuable property fall outside the scope of pre-existing protections.

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