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Brian Leung


PhD Student



Thesis Title

Modernising Copyright through the lens of Internet Memes


Dr Guan Tang and Dr Apostolos Chronopoulos

Summary of Research

Brian's research examines copyright in the age of digital remix, with a view to understand how the coming of age of collective creative processes can better addressed and facilitated by copyright and the broader intellectual property regime. His research also explores how copyright can be recalibrated to facilitate emerging creative digital economies.


Brian is a PhD Researcher and Teaching Associate at the School of Law, Queen Mary University of London. Prior to joining Queen Mary, Brian worked in an international law firm in London.

Brian's research focus is on UK and EU copyright and internet laws. Alongside his research, Brian is a Teaching Associate and Guest Lecturer for copyright law modules. Brian is also a Research Assistant for Prof. Uma Uthersanen and Prof. Gillian Davies (c.f. Copyright and the Public Interest), Editor-in-Chief of Queen Mary Law Journal (QMLJ), EIPIN advisor for LLM students, and volunteer researcher in ‘Artificial Intelligence and Artificial Person: A Multidisciplinary Study’.

Academically, Brian received an LLM from University College London (UCL) with a distinction and an LLB (Hons) from the University of Birmingham where he received the Birmingham Law School Excellence Scholarship for three years. In addition, he completed the final vocational stage of training to become a qualified solicitor in England and Wales. As part of the qualification, he received an MSc in Law, Business and Management from the University of Law (London). Alongside his PhD, Brian is currently completing a Master’s level accredited qualification with Queen Mary that leads to Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy with a provisional distinction grade.

In his spare time, Brian enjoys doing pro bono work. He leads student reflection sessions at the Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre (c.f. Breakfast Club) and teach in Contextual Offer Schemes (c.f. Pathways to Law and RO programme). He also loves trekking along canals and exploring marshlands and forests.


  • Graffiti Copyright and Social Media with Paris-Sorbonne University (2021)
  • Graphic Justice: Internet Memes and Copyright at Cardiff University (2021)
  • Arts, Culture and Heritage: Relationship between Property and Culture at the University of York (2022)
  • Re-imagining the idea/expression Dichotomy through Internet Memes at Queen Mary University of London (2022)
  • Law and Humanities Research Symposium at the Open University, Milton Keynes (2022)
  • EIPIN Doctoral Seminar at the University of Alicante (2022)


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