School of Law

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 the Director of Taught Programmes, CCLS, the Co-director of the LLM in Intellectual Property Law, the Director of the Flexible Part-Time LLM and teaches Interactive Entertainment Law, International and Comparative Law of Copyright and Related Rights; Global Intellectual Property Law and Art and Intellectual Property Law.

He is a member of the Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute, an Executive Committee Member of the British Literary and Artistic Copyright Association, the UK national group of the Association Litteraire et Artistique Internationale, a member of the British Copyright Council - Copyright and Technology Working Group, the editor-in-chief of the new Interactive Entertainment Law Review, Edward Elgar, the Editor of the Queen Mary School of Law SSRN series and the organiser of the ‘More than Just a Game’ conference

Gaetano is a qualified Avvocato in Italy (Italian Bar Association – Rome).



Selected Publications

  • ‘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
  • Networking Technologies and the Future of Copyright: How Technology Changed and Should Change the Law, Edward Elgar 2016 (Forthcoming)
  • The WIPO Right of making Available, in TORREMANS, P.L.C., ed., 2017. Copyright Law: A Handbook of Contemporary Research 2nd. Edward Elgar. (In Press.)
  • 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


The underlying theme of Gaetano’s research is the exploration of the relationship among technology, society and the law. The primary purpose is to propose new theoretical frameworks for the regulation and governance of intellectual property works, based on creativity, interactivity, connectivity and property theories as influenced and shaped by the business practices and enforcement strategies of the creative industries, and in light of the societal needs.

Gaetano is willing to supervise on the relationship between copyright, new technologies and creativity, alternative remuneration systems, and interactive entertainment law, transactions and regulation.

Current students:

Pinar Oruç, The Role of Copyright in the Digitisation of Cultural Heritage

Chun-Chi Hung, Is the State’s Registration System an Appropriate Approach to Protect Traditional Cultural Expression? A Post-Colonial Perspective

Heesob Nam: A Human Rights Approach in Global Intellectual Property Regime: ‘Trade Related’ v. ‘Human Rights Related’

Students who successfully obtained their doctorates:

Dr Mary Gani-Ikilama (Herchel Smith scholar): An analysis of the effects of copyright law on the creative autonomy of the performing author in the Nigerian popular music industry (as second supervisor)

Khanuengnit Khaosaeng: Copyright and online fandom: the reconciliation between copyright holders and fan works creators

Public Engagement

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