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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Joint IPKat-BLACA-IFIM live webinar on CJEU YouTube/Cyando judgment

Do YouTube and cyberlocker Uploaded directly perform copyright-restricted acts? And, following from this: what is the relationship between the InfoSoc right of communication to the public and Article 17 of the DSM Directive? At what conditions is the hosting safe harbour available? And what about intermediary injunctions? 

These are just some of the issues that the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) will need to address when it decides YouTube, C-682/18 and Cyando, C-683/18 on 22 June 2021.

Time: 2pm

Speakers: Jeremy Blum (Bristows)
Ursula Feindor-Schmidt (Lausen)
Georg Nolte (Google)
Lauri Rechardt (IFPI)
Julia Reda (Gesellschaft für Freiheitscrechte)
Eleonora Rosati (The IPKat and IFIM) 

Chair: Alison Firth, BLACA Chairman 


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Please note that this seminar will be hosted via webinar.

Google's Diverse Copyright Thesis Award

january 2021

Members who supervised masters' dissertations on copyright in 2020 may be interested in the following award, which has been drawn to our attention by copyright scholar Dr Ana Ramalho, now of Google.

Google's 'Diverse Copyright' Thesis Award – a prize of USD 5000 for the best master thesis written in English in the area of copyright law, and submitted in 2020. If you have supervised or know of any students who are eligible, please feel free to forward this information to them. Applicants from underrepresented groups (race/ethnic minority groups in countries where that group is minoritized or non-dominant; women; people with disabilities; LGBTQIA2S+) are especially encouraged to apply.

More details and the application form on the website. Deadline: 31 January.

2020 BLACA Bursary

All enquiries concerning the bursary scheme or subject guidelines should be directed to Professor Uma Suthersanen, BLACA Committee Member/Queen Mary London (email: or Professor Tanya Aplin, King’s College London (email:


The annual subscription is only £50. This covers attendance at all the regular meetings and entitles members to a substantial discount on the fee for joint BLACA seminars.

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