Gaetano Dimita

Of Counsel

  • Intellectual property law (trademarks, copyright, designs, patents, trade secrets, publicity/image rights, unfair competition, advertising and marketing)
  • Videogames and interactive entertainment
  • Esports and digital entertainment (audiovisuals and music)
  • Information technology (data protection, ecommerce platforms, ISP regulation and liability)
  • Media and telecommunications regulation
  • Art law
  • Italian (mother tongue)
  • English

Gaetano moved to London in 2002 to further specialize in comparative and international intellectual property law and completed his fellowship in copyright and its relationship with new technologies at Queen Mary University of London. After obtaining his PhD, Gaetano continued his experience at QMUL, where he has held several positions, including co-director of the LL.M. in intellectual property. Currently, he teaches intellectual property, interactive entertainment law, international and comparative art law and esports law.

In 2014, he created at QMUL the first European postgraduate law course in Interactive Entertainment Law. In 2015, Gaetano launched the event “More Than Just a Game” (MTJG), a unique international series of conferences on Games and Interactive Entertainment Law attended by academics and professionals operating in the videogame, interactive entertainment and esports industries.

In 2017, he created the Interactive Entertainment Law Review, a specialized journal published by Edward Elgar, first published in 2018.

He regularly speaks at international conference focusing on videogames, interactive entertainment, esports, intellectual property law and art law.

  • Professional qualifications
    • Admission to practice in Italy (Ordine degli Avvocati di Roma, 2008)
    • Member of the Video Game Bar Association (2016)
  • Academic activity
    • Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (Queen Mary University of London, UK, since 2012)
    • Founder and organiser of the international series of conferences ‘More than Just a Game’ held yearly in London, Paris, Madrid, Frankfurt, Maastricht, Munich and Milan (since 2015) –
    • Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Interactive Entertainment Law Review, Edward Elgar Publishing (since 2017)
  • Institutional roles
    • Member, Copyright Advisory Panel, UK Intellectual Property Office (since 2018)
    • Executive Committee Member, British Literary & Artistic Copyright Association (since 2010)
    • Independent Expert, British Copyright Council – Copyright & Technology Working Group (since 2013)
    • Member, UKIE – the trade body for the UK’s games and interactive entertainment industry (since 2014)
    • Member, Society of Legal Scholars (since 2011)
    • Fellow, Higher Education Academy (since 2015)
  • Degrees and diplomas
    • PhD, Intellectual Property Law (Queen Mary University of London, UK, 2011)
    • LL.M., Intellectual Property Law (Queen Mary University of London, UK, 2004)
    • PG.D., Intellectual Property in the Digital Millennium (Queen Mary University of London, UK, 2003).
    • J.D. (LUISS Guido Carli, Rome, Italy, 2002)
  • ‘Networking Technologies and the Future of Copyright: How Technology Changed, and Should Change, the Law’, Edward Elgar Publishing. Forthcoming, 2021
  • ‘Image rights, creativity and videogames’, Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, Volume 15, Issue 3, March 2020, Pages 185–192, (with Andrea Rizzi and Nicoletta Serao)
  • ‘Networking Technologies’ in Graham Dutfield and Uma Suthersanen, Dutfield and Suthersanen on Global Intellectual Property Law, second edition, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2020
  • ‘The failure of the Russian global license proposal and the future of alternative remuneration systems’, Computer Law & Security Review, Volume 35, Issue 2, April 2019, Pages 157-172, (with Ruslan Nurullaev)
  • ‘The Wipo Right of Making Available’, in P. Torremans, Research Handbook on Copyright Law, second edition, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2017
  • ‘The Business of Being an Author: A Survey of Author’s Earnings and Contracts’, ALCS 2015 (with Johanna Gibson and Phillip Johnson)