The British Literary & Artistic Copyright Association, BLACA, is the UK national group of the International Literary and Artistic Association (ALAI) founded in Paris in 1878 under the Presidency of Victor Hugo.

Since its foundation in 1981 it has provided a forum for discussion of matters affecting the rights of authors and other copyright owners. Its members are mostly practising or academic lawyers and others interested in upholding the principles of copyright. Its objects and constitution are set out in its Rules.


It holds regular short seminars on current issues, normally on the second Thursday of alternate months (subject to speakers' availability) at the offices of Bristows (Bristows, 100 Victoria, Embankment, EC4Y 0DH). Drinks are served from 5.45pm and the meetings usually end at about 7.15pm. From time to time longer seminars (half-day) are organised in conjunction with other IP organisations.


Subjects dealt with at the regular seminars over recent years have included: authors' moral rights; the Copyright Tribunal; the EU Information Society Directive; reports on WIPO developments; US legislation and the philosophical basis of intellectual property. In addition extended joint seminars have covered rental and lending rights; satellite broadcasting in cable retransmissions; the problems of copyright and related rights in the EU; and the Statutory Instruments implementing the various EU directives.