Megan Rae Blakely

  • Profile

    Email: m.blakely@lancaster.ac.uk (Megan currently serves as a Lecturer in Law at Lancaster University.)
    Project Title: Intangible Cultural Heritage, Intellectual Property, and Cultural Branding in Celtic-Derived Cultures
    Lead Supervisor: Martin Kretschmer
    Second Supervisor(s): Kris Erikson

    Research Interests:

    • Law and legal studies
    • Corporate, Com. and Intellectual Property Law

  • Biography

    Megan is currently a fully funded postgraduate researcher at the CREATe Centre, University of Glasgow.  Her Ph.D. research explores intangible cultural heritage and intellectual property law in Celtic-derived countries, with expected completion in September 2016.  She received her J.D. with honours from University of California, Hastings College of the Law, with a focus on intellectual property, and her LL.M. with merit from SOAS, University of London in Law, Development, and Governance. Megan’s previous legal work training includes positions with NBC-Universal in Partnerships, Licensing, and Digital as well as at the USC Institute for Innovation in research development and technology transfer.

  • Outputs

    Publications

    Pattern Recognition: Governmental Regulation of Tartan and Commodification of Culture, Megan Rae Blakely, International Journal of Cultural Property, 2015

    Conference Presentations

    The 'Tangification' of Intangible Cultural Heritage through Self-reinforcing Intellectual Property Systems and Norms, Megan Rae Blakely, IPSC 2015, Chicago, USA, August 6th 2015
    Intellectual Property and Intangible Culture Heritage in Celtic-derived Cultures, Megan Rae Blakely, ISHTIP 2015, Philadelphia, USA, July 22nd 2015
    Poster for CREATe Project WP 1F (Celtic-derived Intellectual Property and Intangible Cultural Heritage), Megan Rae Blakely, CREATe All Hands Conference 2015, House for An Art Lover, Glasgow, September 15th 2014
    Legal and Design focused response to Interactions Session, Megan Rae Blakely, CREATe Technology Capacity Building Event, University of Nottingham, June 17th 2014
  • Awards

    University of Glasgow, CREATe Centre – Glasgow, UK

    • AHRC CREATe Scholarship (Fully Funded)

     

    University of California, Hastings College of the Law

    • CALI Award for Excellence in Intellectual Property Licensing
    • Best Oral Argument: Hastings Moot Court Program
    • Academic Merit Tuition Scholarship (Partially Funded)
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Megan's Posting Activity

Lucas Lixinski’s “Intangible Cultural Heritage in International Law”: A Book Review

The Kelvingrove Review has published a book review of Lucas Lixinski’s “Intangible Cultural Heritage in International Law” in Issue 13, reviewed by CREATe Postgraduate Researcher Megan Rae Blakely. Intangible Cultural Heritage in International Law by Lucas Lixinski tackles an emerging and highly relevant area of the law, and Lixinski approaches the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage (ICH) in a highly engaging and analytical manner. ICH, broadly speaking, consists of living cultural practices passed from generation to generation, such as song, dance, traditional craftsmanship and other rituals. Due to the organic and perpetually evolving nature of ICH, legal and definitional challenges at all levels abound prove especially difficult to form legal protections while still allowing for living heritage to thrive.

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Research Perspectives on the Public Domain: Transcript and Presentations

On 11th October 2013, CREATe sponsored a seminar on Research Perspectives on the Public Domain, co-chaired by LKAS Research Fellow, Dr. Kris Erickson and CREATe Director Professor Martin Kretschmer. A full transcript of the event is now available as a CREATe working paper. Slide presentations from the event can be downloaded below.

The event included brief lectures by six interdisciplinary scholars, both domestic and international, who made presentations regarding their research findings and addressed challenges related to intellectual property regulations as well as any impact on the public domain. By bringing together diverse, interdisciplinary research areas, the seminar aimed to better situate the body of knowledge and value of the public domain in current research. The goals of the discussion included: identifying opportunities for scholars to benefit from cross-disciplinary perspectives, leveraging these perspectives to narrow upon current disciplinary blind spots in humanities research regarding intellectual property regulation, and bringing socially important questions to the forefront via this interdisciplinary approach.

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Perspectives on attending ‘Reforming Formats’ – a CREATe international collaboration with HIIG Berlin!

– Post by Ms. Megan Rae Blakely, PhD Candidate, CREATe/ School of Law, University of Glasgow

Jessica SilbeyI recently had the opportunity to attend a two-day research workshop in Berlin co-organized by CREATe and the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG). The workshop was titled ‘Reforming Formats – Producing and Protecting Audiovisual Formats in Convergent Media.‘ Here, I would like to share some perspectives from this workshop which are of relevance to me in the pursuit of my research study. This blogpost reports, in particular, the presentation by Professor Jessica Silbey, Professor of Law at the Suffolk University Law School, Boston, USA.

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