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Dr Gaetano Dimita, Diploma di Laurea in Giurisprudenza (Rome), LLM (London), PhD (London), Avvocato (Italian Bar - Rome)


Senior Lecturer in International Intellectual Property Law

Telephone: +44(0)20 7882 6185
Room Number: Room 1.4 - Lincoln's Inn Fields


Gaetano is an Interactive Entertainment and Intellectual Property Law scholar and Video Games enthusiast, the Director of the Institute for Interactive Entertainment Law and Policy, the editor-in-chief of the Interactive Entertainment Law Review, Edward Elgar, and the organiser of the ‘More Than Just a Game’ conference series.

Gaetano is also the Deputy Director of the Queen Mary Intellectual Property Institute (QMIPRI), The Director of eLearning, CCLS, the Deputy Director of Education, CCLS, and the Director of the LLM in Intellectual Property Law.

Outside of Queen Mary, Gaetano serves as Executive Committee member of the British Literary and Artistic Copyright Association, the UK national group of the Association Litteraire et Artistique Internationale; as Board Member of the National Video Game Museum; as member of the British Copyright Council - Copyright and Technology Working Group; as member of the UK IPO Copyright Advisory Council, member of the UK Department for International Trade’s Intellectual Property Expert Trade Advisory Group (IP ETGA). He is also a member of Italian Bar Association (Rome), the Video Game Bar Association, the Fair Play Alliance, and the Higher Education Video Game Association.



Interactive Entertainment Law Review cover - green with 1:1 in the left cornerGaetano is the editor-in-chief of the Interactive Entertainment Law Review, published by Edward Elgar.

His publications include:

  • Networking Technologies and the Future of Copyright: How Technology Changed and Should Change the Law, Edward Elgar 2021 (Forthcoming)
  • G. Dimita, A. Rizzi, N. Serrao, ‘Image Rights, Creativity and Video Games’, Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, 2020, jpz178,
  • ‘Networking Technologies’ in G. Dutfield & U. Suthersanen with G. Dimita and M. Mimler, Global Intellectual Property Law, 2nd edition, Edward Elgar. 2020
  • G. Dimita & R. Nurullaev, ‘The failure of the Russian global license proposal and the future of alternative remuneration systems’, Computer Law & Security Review, 2019. Vol. 35. No. 2. P. 157-172.
  • ‘The WIPO Right of Making Available’, in Paul Torremans, Research Handbook on Copyright Law, Second Edition, Edward Elgar, 2017
  • "Impact of Brexit on UK copyright law" Co-Authored with Florian Koempel, Phil Sherrell and Heather Randles, 2017
  • The Business of Being an Author: A Survey of Author’s Earnings and Contracts, April 2015 (co-author with Professor Johanna Gibson ad Professor Phillip Johnson)
  • ‘Six characters in search of infringement: potential liability for creating, downloading, and disseminating .torrent files’, Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice (2012) 7(6): 466-472


Dr Dimita is currently only interested in doctoral applications in Games and Interactive Entertainment Law.

Current PhD students:

  • Anthony Michael Catton, Assessing a new theoretical lens for non-literal copying: Can Ludology help resolve theoretical gaps in copyright infringement assessments of interactive works
  • Alexandros Alexandrou, Interactive Entertainment and Successive Creativity: Reforming Copyright for Video Games and Successive Works
  • Michael Dunford, The Fanworks Problem After Twenty Years: A Critical Re-Assessment
  • Salvo Fasciana, Towards recognition of players' legal status: a proposal for Gamers' Bill of Right

Students who successfully obtained their doctorates:

Mary Gani-Ikilama, ‘An analysis of the effects of copyright law on the creative autonomy of the performing author in the Nigerian popular music industry’

Khanuengnit Khaosaeng, ‘Copyright and online fandom: the reconciliation between copyright holders and fan works Creators

Hee Sob Nam, ‘Human Rights Approach in Global Intellectual Property Regime: Trade Related v. Human Rights Related’  

Katerina Stechova, ‘How to Best “Sell” the “Best-seller” Clause? A review on whether the Contract adjustment mechanism proposed by the EU draft Digital Single Market Directive can secure fair (additional) remuneration for authors and performers’  

Pinar Oruc, ‘The Effect of Legal Traditions and Uncertainty on Online Copyright Regulations’

Chun-Chi Hung, ‘Is the State’s Registration System an Appropriate Approach to Protect Traditional Cultural Expressions?

Public Engagement

white Centre for Commercial Law Studies logo on top of the white More Than Just a Game logo on a blue backgroundMore Than Just a Game (MTJG)

Gaetano is creator and organiser of More Than Just a Game, a unique series of academic-led conferences on Games and Interactive Entertainment Law with events in London (the flagship two-day conference), Paris, Madrid, Frankfurt, Maastricht, Milan and Warsaw, with new locations added every year. Find out more.

Speaking engagements

  • Dr Dimita will speak at the EUIPO Case Law conference in Alicante 20/21 May 2020
  • Dr Dimita will speak at the WIPO-WTO Advanced Course on IP for Government Officials in Geneva, 16-27 March 2020
  • Dr Dimita participated to the third meeting on the Role of Creative Industries in the context of the EU industrial policy organised by the EU Commission, DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs on the 18 February 2020
  • Dr Dimita spoke on ‘Tainting the public discourse – how recent reforms risk to push Copyright (and IP) off the edge of  the cliff 7th International IP Congress: “Recent IP developments in Europe”, Maastricht University, 7 June 2019
  • Dr Dimita spoke on Key games law issues in different countries’ and ‘Intellectual property rights management and trademarks in video games industry’, Mastering the Game, Warsaw, 16-17 November 2017
  • Dr Dimita spoke at the e-gameshow, Ankara, 11-14 May 2017
  • Dr Dimita spoke at the 6th International Summer School in Cyber Law (ISSC 2017), Moscow, 3-7 July 2017
  • Dr Dimita spoke at ‘Mastering the Game’, 16-17 November 2017, Warsaw
  • Dr Dimita spoke at the Digital Think-in Lab, MAXXI – Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI secolo, in Rome, 9 June 2017
  • Dr Dimita spoke on ‘Big Data: A Video Games Perspective’, at EIPIN International Conference, London, 27 January 2017
  • Dr Dimita spoke on ‘The Socio-Legal Regulation of the Creation, Consumption and Monetisation of Virtual Reality Heritage Assets, at Picture Library Symposium: Moore Stephens LLP, London 25 October 2016
  • Dr Dimita spoke at the ALAI 2016 International Congress ‘Applied Arts under IP Law: the Uncertain Border between Beauty and Usefulness’ in Rome, 15-16 September 2016
  • Dr Dimita Spoke at Zelous X, 12 January 2016
  • Dr Dimita spoke at City University on ‘Video games and IP: The intricate relationship between Interactivity and Creativity’, 2 December 2015
  • Dr Dimita spoke at MPA Copyright & Music Publishing Seminar, 5 November 2015
  • Dr Dimita spoke at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid on ‘Cartier International AG v British Sky Broadcasting Ltd – The next generation of site blocking orders is here’, 5 June 2015
  • Dr Dimita spoke at the ‘Private Use in EU Copyright Law’ Seminar at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, 19 May 2015
  • Dr Dimita spoke at Bocconi University Milan on ‘New Public? Reading between the lines of the CJEU decisions’, 15 December 2014

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