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.

Death of ruth bader ginsburg

september 2020

We are sad to announce the death on 18 September of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Justice of the US Supreme Court. Her contributions to copyright, and to principles of equality, have been effective and fearless. Sympathies to her family and especially to her daughter, Prof Jane Ginsburg, member of the ALAI Bureau and copyright scholar."

BLACA/Stationers’ Company Bursary Awards 2019


BLACA is pleased to announce the results of the Bursary awards for 2019 ,the fourth year that these awards have been made.

There are two recipients: Olivia Jean-Baptiste and Jake Campbell.

Olivia Jean-Baptiste is studying for the LLM at Queen Mary University of London

Jake Campbell is studying for the LLM at King’s College London

There will be an awards ceremony at Stationers’ Hall on Monday 13 th January 2020. We offer both receipients our very warm congratulations.

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


Prof Victor Nabhan and Prof Paul Torremans

The University of Nottingham Commercial Law Centre is proud to announce its inaugural seminar on 21st November on the theme of user generated content under the title User generated content in copyright law: the innovative Canadian exception v the EU approach . Victor Nabhan, former president of ALAI and WIPO consultant, but also professor of copyright in Canada in an earlier life, will deliver a paper on the new Canadian user generated content exception, its unique approach and the lessons that can be learned from it. Prof Paul Torremans will offer a contrasting approach from an EU copyright perspective.

You are invited to attend this (free) seminar in Nottingham. The seminar will take place on 21st November 2018, from 1.00 to 3.00 p.m. in room B55, School of Law, Law and Social Sciences Building, University Park campus, Nottingham NG7 2RD.



BLACA is pleased to announce the result of the 2018 BLACA/Stationers Bursary Award competition.

There are three recipients this year, each of whom will be receiving an award of £3,000.

Alicja Pawlowska and Kunal Bindra, who are registered on the LLM course at Queen Mary, University of London, are funded by BLACA, and Nicole Mckenzie, who is registered on the Diploma in copyright law at King’s College London is funded by the Stationers’ Charitable Foundation.

An Awards Ceremony will be held at Stationers’ Hall in November.

British Copyright Council
– a new appointment


The BCC announced in November that Elisabeth Ribbans had been appointed as its new Director of Policy and Public Affairs. Elisabeth Ribbans is a former managing editor of the Guardian (2008-2013). She also worked previously at GNM as editor of the Guardian and Observer News Services. She has a postgraduate diploma in UK< EU and US copyright law from King’s College London.


CONFERENCE: More than Just a Game

6-7 APRIL 2017

More than Just a Game is the only international academic-led conference on Interactive Entertainment and Intellectual Property Law. Since 2016 it has been part of the Fringe of the London Games festival.

Now in its third year, the conference is a well-established platform to exchange ideas, discuss challenges, explore solutions and map the legal issues that must be addressed for a more appropriate understanding, promotion and protection of interactive entertainment.

The main theme of the 2017 edition conference will be Virtual and Augmented Reality. To accommodate the increasing demand for the conference, the 2017 edition will be a two days event, housed at the Stationers’ Hall. For the first time the conference will be open to the media and the public in addition to the 120 invited delegates from academia, practice and industry. The conference is organised by Dr Gaetano Dimita and the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS), Queen Mary University of London.

You find the programme here.


Berne Article 15 – BLACA response to ALAI Questionnaire

January 2017

Here are the US responses to the ALAI Questionnaire.



Mr Brieuc Geuzaine, a postgraduate student at Queen Mary University of London, studying for his LLM, is the first recipient of a £6,000 bursary being awarded by the British Literary and Artistic Copyright Association (BLACA) and the Charitable Foundation of The Stationers’ Company.

On Thursday afternoon, 15 December, Mr Geuzaine was presented with his cheque at an informal event attended by Professor Alison Firth and Mr Tom Rivers, representing BLACA, Dr Gaetano Dimita, representing Queen Mary University of London, and Mr Trevor Fenwick and Pamela Butler representing the Stationers Company and its charitable foundation. Mr Laurie Kaye, a Stationer, who will mentor Mr Geuzaine during his tenure of the Bursary, was also present.


From left to right: Pamela Butler, Administrator, Stationers' Foundation; Trevor Fenwick, Stationer and Executive Chairman Euromonitor International, Laurie Kaye, Brieuc Geuzaine, Tom Rivers, Professor Alison Firth, vice-chairman BLACA, Dr Gaetano Dimita, member of BLACA Executive Committee, representing Queen Mary University of London.

NEW committee member

November 2016

The Executive Committee was pleased that its recent invitation to serve as a coopted member was accepted by Dr Eleonora Rosati, who is currently a lecturer in intellectual property law at the University of Southampton and is well known for her contributions to the 1709 blog and to the IPKat blogs.

Digital Frontiers event at the National Library of Sweden: report

October 2015

Could Cross-Border Extended Collective Licensing Open Digital Treasure Troves?

Paul Torremans Article

june 2015

The recent article by Professor Torremans entitled "Intellectual Property puts Article 6(1) Brussels 1 Regulation to the Test" is available for download here.

Response to the ALAI Questionnaire

may 2015

Available below is BLACA’s response to the ALAI Questionnaire.


Global Copyright

December 2014

The conference proceedings from the London conference in 2009 has been the source of the material in the book, Global Copyright. As a member you get a discount.

Order the bookEmail for discount codeIntroduction by Lionel Bently

Prof John N (Norman) Adams

Prof John N (Norman) Adams, who died on 14 April 2012, is a great loss to copyright law. He was a former Chairman of the British Literary and Artistic Copyright Association and remained a member of BLACA's Advisory Board until his death. His contributions are warmly remembered. In the 1990s he was Director of the Intellectual Property Institute (formerly CLIP).

John Adams grew up in Northeast England and studied law at King’s College Durham (later Newcastle University). He initially qualified as a solicitor and later went to the Bar, eventually practising from Hogarth chambers. However, John is especially remembered for his academic scholarship. He spent significant portions of his academic life at the University of Sheffield, first as a lecturer and later as Professor of Intellectual Property law until his retirement. Between spells at Sheffield, he was at the University of Kent, where he was instrumental in setting up the LLM in international commercial law. He left a chair in commercial law to return to Sheffield. At Sheffield, John Adams was influential in the establishment of the library's collection of intellectual property materials and the founding of the Intellectual Property Quarterly. After retirement from his full time chair at Sheffield (where he was emeritus professor from 2005), he was adjunct professor at Notre Dame University's law programme in London. He acted as convenor of the IP section of the Society of Public Teachers in Law (now Society of Legal Scholars).

John Adams was renowned as a scholar of copyright law, and intellectual property in general, contributing on trade marks to the Encyclopedia of Forms and Precedents and to works on patents. He was also highly regarded in commercial law circles, especially at the intersection with intellectual property. He was founding author of Adams, Prichard-Jones and Hickey's 'Franchising' and of 'Merchandising Intellectual Property' and was involved in preparation of the 7th and 8th editions of Schmitthoff's Export Trade. Latterly he edited Atiyah's Sale of Goods with Prof Hector MacQueen. A generation of law students has enjoyed the insights of John Adams’ and Roger Brownsword's 'Understanding Contract Law' and 'Understanding Law'. His bibliographies of 18th and 19th century legal literature enriched legal history.

John Adams' love of music (and opera in particular) was legendary. He was a keen walker and described the joys of living in Sheffield with access to the moors. A succession of elegant folding bicycles accompanied him on his travels. His wit, patience and encouragement will be remembered with affection.


March 2014

On 18 March 2014, the British Copyright Council, BLACA and the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London held a joint event to mark Prof. Adrian Sterling’s contribution to copyright over the past 60 years at the Stationers’ Hall, the historic home of copyright in the City of London.

The event was held also in association with era, ifpi and ppl.