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Megan Rae Blakely

Lecturer in law, Lancaster University

Megan is a lecturer in law at Lancaster University and is interested in all things intellectual property law, technology policy, and cultural heritage. Her current research broadly concerns contemporary issues in copyright, such as user perceptions of ownership in virtual worlds, legal and cultural impacts of digitisation, and commoditisation of subcultures.


  • –present
    Lecturer in law, Lancaster University


  • 2018 
    University of Glasgow School of Law, PhD
  • 2013 
    University of California, Hastings College of the Law, JD
  • 2013 
    SOAS, University of London, LLM (dual JD)
  • 2010 
    Harvard University, ALB


  • 2024
    Technology, Intellectual Property Law, and Culture: The Tangification of Intangible Cultural Heritage , Routledge
  • 2018
    Chapter: ICH and Authority: Welsh Language and Statutory Change, in Research Handbook on Contemporary Intangible Cultural Heritage (forthcoming, eds Cummings, C., Pavis, M. & Waelde, C.)
  • 2016
    GLAMourising intangible cultural heritage: when technology, copyright, and cultural institutions meet, Display At Your Own Risk (DAYOR),
  • 2015
    Pattern recognition: Governmental regulation of tartan and commodification of culture, International Journal of Cultural Property

Professional Memberships

  • British and Irish Law, Education, and Technology Association (BILETA)
  • International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Property (ISHTIP)
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy (2018 - present)