Stacey Lantagne


B.A., Boston College
J.D., Harvard Law School


Stacey Lantagne is a Professor of Law who joined the faculty of Western New England University School of Law in the fall of 2022. Her research focuses on the intersection of digital creativity and copyright and trademark law, with a particular focus on fanfiction and internet memes. She is a member of the Legal Committee of the Organization for Transformative Works, a nonprofit dedicated to the preservation of fanworks.

Prior to joining Western New England, Professor Lantagne taught at the University of Mississippi School of Law and Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. She was previously an intellectual property litigator at Goodwin Procter in Boston and Drinker Biddle & Reath in Washington, DC, after clerking for Judge Martin Feldman of the Eastern District of Louisiana. She received her B.A. summa cum laude from Boston College, with a major in English and a minor in computer science, and her J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she was co-executive editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology.

Professor Lantagne has been quoted in news outlets including Law360, The Atlantic, NPR (1A), Slate, Vox, Wired, and The Verge. Her scholarship has appeared in publications including the Harvard Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law, the Virginia Sports and Entertainment Law Journal, the Nevada Law Journal, the University of Richmond Law Review, the Georgia State University Law Review, and the Michigan Telecommunication and Technology Law Review. She is a frequent presenter and guest speaker, including at pop culture and fan studies conferences and fan conventions.

She is always happy to talk about fanfiction, memes, interior design television shows, or the lyrics of Pete Wentz.

Stacey Lantagne's Google Scholar Profile

Scholarly Works

Book Chapters

Stacey M. Lantagne, Using Reality Shows as Contractual Fodder in the 1L Classroom, in The Media Method: Teaching Law with Popular Culture 163 (Christine Corcos ed., 2019).

Stacey M. Lantagne, A Fan Fiction Monopoly: How Disney Builds Its Empire on Re-Copyrighting the Public Domain, in A Celebration of Disney: Depaul Pop Culture Conference 2019 116 (Emily Goldstein & Paul Booth, eds., 2019).

Stacey M. Lantagne, Harry Potter and the Control of the Creator of the Canon, in Time Lords & Tribbles, Winchesters & Muggles: The Depaul Pop Culture Conference, a Five-Year Retrospective 321 (Paul Booth & Isabella Menichiello, eds., 2017).

Stacey M. Lantagne, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Lucrative Fandom: Recognizing the Economic Power of Fanworks and Reimagining Fair Use in Copyright, in Entertainment, Publishing & The Arts Handbook 435 (2016).

Journal Articles

Stacey M. Lantagne, Tinhatting the Constitution: Originalism as a Fandom, 2 Fla. Ent. & Sports L. Rev. 11 (2022). Digital Commons SSRN

Stacey M. Lantagne, Building a Better Mousetrap: Blocking Disney's Imperial Copyright Strategies, 12 Harv. J. Sports & Ent. L. 141 (2021). Digital Commons

Cathay Y.N. Smith & Stacey Lantagne, Copyright & Memes: The Fight for Success Kid, 110 Geo. L.J. Online 142 (2021). Digital Commons SSRN

Stacey M. Lantagne, “Catchy Phrases That Convey a Message”: The Danger of Tam’s Copymark Creep and Trademark Law’s New First Amendment Analysis, 20 Nev. L.J. 427 (2020). Digital Commons SSRN

Stacey M. Lantagne, Mutating Internet Memes and the Amplification of Copyright’s Authorship Challenges, 17 Va. Sports & Ent. L.J. 221 (2018). SSRN

Stacey M. Lantagne, Famous on the Internet: The Spectrum of Internet Memes and the Legal Challenge of Evolving Methods of Communication, 52 U. Rich. L. Rev. 387 (2018). Digital Commons SSRN

Stacey M. Lantagne, The Copymark Creep: How the Normative Standards of Fan Communities Can Rescue Copyright, 32 Ga. St. U. L. Rev. 459 (2016). Digital Commons SSRN

Stacey M. Lantagne, When Real People Become Fictional: The Collision of Trademark, Copyright, and Publicity Rights in Online Stories About Celebrities, 7 Case W. Rsrv. J.L. Tech. & Internet 39 (2016). Digital Commons SSRN

Stacey M. Lantagne, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Lucrative Fandom: Recognizing the Economic Power of Fanworks and Reimagining Fair Use in Copyright, 21 Mich. Telecomms. & Tech. L. Rev. 263 (2015). Digital Commons SSRN

Stacey M. Lantagne, A Matter of National Importance: The Persistent Inefficiency of Deceptive Advertising Class Actions, 8 J. Bus. & Tech. L. 117 (2013). Digital Commons

Stacey M. Lantagne, The Better Angels of Our Fanfiction: The Need for True and Logical Precedent, 33 Hastings Commc’ns & Ent. L.J. 159 (2011). Digital Commons

Stacey M. Lantagne, Note, The Morality of MP3s: The Failure of the Recording Industry’s Plan of Attack, 18 Harv. J.L. & Tech. 269 (2004).

Shorter Writings

Stacey M. Lantagne, Fan Fiction and Copyright: Outside Works and Intellectual Property Protection, by Aaron Schwabach, 10 Transformative Works & Culture (2012) (book review).