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Luke Mcdonagh

Luke Mcdonagh

Lecturer in Law, City University London

Dr Luke McDonagh is Lecturer in Law at City University. Before taking up this position in September 2015 he was a Lecturer at Cardiff University Law School from 2013-2015 and LSE Fellow in the Law Department at the London School of Economics (LSE) for the period 2011-2013.

For the academic year 2014-15 he was a Visiting Scholar at Waseda University Law School, Tokyo, Japan.

Luke holds a PhD from Queen Mary, University of London (2011), an LLM from the London School of Economics (LSE) (2006-7) and a BCL degree from NUI, Galway (2002-05).

Luke's research primarily involves using empirical and theoretical insights to shed light on interesting (and sometimes controversial) aspects of intellectual property law, such as the interplay between property owners and users in free-sharing creative environments (such as those of theatre, open-source software and traditional music). His PhD research (2007-11) focused on the empirical analysis of the relationship between Irish traditional music and copyright using interviews and survey data gathered from traditional musicians.

He recently completed an article - now published in The Modern Law Review - investigating copyright in the world of theatre, whereby I interviewed playwrights, directors and actors about the relationship between their theatrical practices and the norms of copyright. He also conducts quantitative and qualitative empirical research in the area of patent litigation.

His latest article - on trade marks, brands and anthropological marketing - will be published in the Journal of Law and Society in December 2015.

In the past he has written comment pieces for The Guardian and Dissent Magazine, as well as a number of law blogs.

His research into the issue of patent troll litigation in the UK was cited in a House of Commons debate in March 2014:

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmhansrd/cm140320/text/140320w0002.htm#14032098000031

He was also quoted in this February 2014 BBC article concerning copyright and piracy of satellite TV broadcasts

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-26052012

He tweets at https://twitter.com/DrLukeMcDonagh

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