- Professor of Copyright Law (Law)
Ronan Deazley joined the School of Law in August 2009, having previously taught at the University of Birmingham and the University of Durham. He graduated from Queen’s University, Belfast, LL.B. (Hons) (1996), before receiving a PhD, also from Queen’s University, in 2000.
His first book, On the Origin of the Right to Copy: Charting the Movement of Copyright Law in Eighteenth Century Britain (1695-1775) (Hart Publishing, 2004) has been variously described as ‘the most authoritative account to date of this important period in the development of the modern law of copyright’ (J. Adams, Intellectual Property Quarterly), and as ‘strongly recommended for all who aspire to an informed understanding of the evolution of copyright law and of the way in which it should continue to evolve’ (W.M.C. Gummow, Australian Law Journal).
His second book, Re-Thinking Copyright: History, Theory, Language (Edward Elgar, 2006 and 2008), has been described as ‘contrarian’, ‘a manifesto’, and one that ‘will surely provoke disagreement from many readers knowledgeable about copyright’ (J. Ginsburg, Columbia University), as well as ‘a must have book for those who care about getting things right’, and ‘a tour de force to be savoured and returned to over and over again’ (W. Patry, Senior Copyright Counsel, Google Inc., New York).
Between 2006 and 2008 he was the UK national editor for an AHRC-funded digital resource concerning the history of copyright in Italy, France, Germany, the UK and the US: Primary Sources on Copyright 1450-1900. In 2013, he secured £5.1M of RCUK funding to establish CREATe: the RCUK Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy.
His research interests focus primarily upon the history and theory of copyright law, as well as photography and the law.
Copyright and parody: taking backward the Gowers review?
Modern Law Review, 73(5),
Photography, copyright, and the South Kensington experiment.
Intellectual Property Quarterly, 3,
Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900): Britain.
In: Bently, L. and Kretschmer, M. (eds.)
Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900).
£5.1M of Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funding secured to establish CREATe: the RCUK Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy.
£15,000 granted to Prof Deazley (together with Prof Kretschmer, Director of CREATe) by The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) for the launch event of CREATe on 1-February-2013.
£2,242,168 received by Prof Deazley (CREATe) from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) (with Professors R Boyle, G Doyle, and P Schlesinger, CCA – Theatre Film and TV Studies and Dr IG Anderson, HU – Arts and Media Informatics (HATII)
£15,000 awarded by the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council for ISG - EPSRC: for CREATe Startup Activities.
£2,250 was awarded by The Chancelor's Fund at the University of Glasgow to Professor Deazley (together with Dr Ross Anderson) to assist in the digiisation and dissemination of William Forbes' 7-volume manuscript: The Great Body of the Law in Scotland.