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Reader in Intellectual Property Law, Brunel University London

Dr Hayleigh Bosher is a Reader in Intellectual Property Law and Associate Dean at Brunel University London. She is the author of Copyright in the Music Industry (Edward Elgar 2021) and co-host of the Whose Song Is It Anyway? Podcast. Hayleigh runs the IP Pro Bono Service at Brunel Law School and is a legal consultant specialising in media, entertainment and intellectual property law and writes for the specialist IP blog The IPKat.

Hayleigh is Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Intellectual Property, Policy and Management. She holds a PhD in Copyright Law from Bournemouth University. Her main research area is copyright in the entertainment industries, particularly music, film and social media.

She is also the producer and co-host of the podcast: Whose Song is it Anyway? Hayleigh and Jules O'Riordan (AKA Judge Jules) interview people from the music industry to discuss music rights and the music industry.


  • 2023–present
    Reader, Brunel University London
  • 2018–2023
    Senior lecturer, Brunel University London


  • 2017 
    Bournemouth University , PhD Law


  • 2018
    An analysis of the fundamental tensions between copyright and social media: The legal implications of sharing images on Instagram, International Review of Law, Computers & Technology
  • 2017
    The UK IPO’s decision in The Willow Tea Rooms trade mark dispute, Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice
  • 2016
    Swings and roundabouts: The impact of legal drafting on the language and understanding of copyright law and the need for educational materials, International Review of Law, Computers & Technology