The British Literary and Artistic Copyright Association, BLACA, provides a forum for discussion of matters affecting the rights of authors and other copyright owners. It is the UK national group of the International Literary and Artistic Association (ALAI)

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8 October 2019

Whistler, Faed and Painting Copyright in the Nineteenth Century

Speaker: Dr Elena Cooper
Elena Cooper is a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow at CREATe, University of Glasgow and the author of Art and Modern Copyright: The Contested Image (CUP, 2018).

Until recently, copyright history has overwhelmingly concerned literary copyright protecting books. Drawing on her recent monograph, Art and Modern Copyright: The Contested Image (CUP, 2018), the first in-depth and longitudinal account of copyright as it applies to the visual arts, Dr Cooper will explore a number of ways in which nineteenth century copyright applying to painting was understood to be different. In doing so, and to celebrate the fact that this is the first BLACA event in Scotland for some years, Dr Cooper will connect UK copyright history to two paintings with links to Scotland: Brown and Gold: Portrait of Lady Eden by James McNeil Whistler (1834-1903) and Home and the Homeless by Thomas Faed (1826-1900). We are delighted to announce that the first picture – Portrait of Lady Eden by Whistler (the subject of Eden v Whistler, Cour de Appel Paris, 1897) - will be brought out of store and displayed in the Hunterian Art Gallery especially for this talk.

Time: 5.15pm for 5.30pm

Venue: Hunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow

ALAI 2019

Dear Members,

Details of this year’s ALAI Copyright Congress are now available on the ALAI website (, where you can register and find full programme information.

The Congress is being held in Prague on 18th-20th September.

Simon Clark



Seminar: User generated content in copyright law: the innovative Canadian exception v the EU approach

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