past meetings

Below is a 3 year record of our seminars.

5 MARCH 2020

Joint authorship and ownership: Kogan v Martin in the Court of Appeal

On 5 March BLACA will be delighted to welcome Lionel Bently and Guy Tritton to discuss the implications of the Court of Appeal’s judgment in the ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’ case, [2019] EWCA Civ 1645.

Speakers: Professor Lionel Bently is Herchel Smith Professor of Intellectual Property Law at the University of Cambridge and a member of the Bar of England and Wales, associate tenant at 11 South Square. He appeared in Kogan. Lionel is author of many books and papers on copyright, a former member of BLACA’s executive committee, member and former chairman of the European Copyright Society, editor-in-chief of Cambridge Law Journal and series editor of Cambridge Intellectual Property and Information Law.

Mr Guy Tritton is a member of the Bar of England & Wales and practises from Hogarth chambers. He has appeared in many copyright and design law cases. He is the founding and chief author of Tritton on Intellectual Property in Europe, which has been cited in a number of cases in the Court of Justice of the EU. Guy took part in BLACA’s joint seminar with Bangor Law School in 2015. He is a keen jazz pianist and so particularly well placed to comment on the implications of Kogan.

Chair: Prof Alison Firth

Time: 18:15 for 18:30 start

Venue: Bristows, 100 Victoria Embankment, EC4Y 0DH



ALAI 2019

Dear Members,

Details of 2019 year’s ALAI Copyright Congress are available on the ALAI website (

The Congress was held in Prague on 18th-20th September 2019.

Simon Clark

23 January 2020

Cofemel: why the CJEU may be right

The CJEU’s judgment in Cofemel (Case C-683/17) could have some far-reaching consequences for UK copyright law. Will the 1988 Act need to be amended, and if so when and in what way? Come and join in the debate with our expert speakers.

Speakers: Prof Uma Suthersanen (Queen Mary, University of London); Dr Marc Mimler (Bournemouth University)

Chair: Prof Alison Firth

Time: 18:15 for 18:30 start

Venue: Bristows, 100 Victoria Embankment, EC4Y 0DH

14 November 2019

A calm sea and a prosperous voyage – how Felix Mendelssohn navigated the international copyright seas before Berne

Speakers and Performers:Hubert Best & Brigitte Lindner

This Copyright Lecture-Recital will focus on the contractual relations between the composer Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and his European publishers and in particular the question how copyright protection could be secured for musical works across borders before the Berne Convention. In the beginning of the 19th century, when protection under national copyright law rarely extended to foreign works and bilateral agreements were still scarce, protection for a work across borders had to be secured by some other means. Authors, composers and their publishers had to be inventive and adopted a rather pragmatic approach: they chose to publish the work on exactly the same day in a number of given countries, in other words, they practised “simultaneous publication”. In this Lecture-Recital, Brigitte Lindner and Hubert Best will explore how Felix Mendelssohn reached a safe harbour by conquering the turbulent pre-Berne seas and perform some of his works on this journey.

Time: 18:15 for 18:30 start

Venue: St Magnus the Martyr, Lower Thames Street, London EC3R 6DN (

8 OCTOBER 2019



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

13th JUNE 2019

joint BLACA/IPKat meeting

This meeting is in addition to the normal BLACA members only meetings and there will be no entrance fee. Registration via Eventbrite is required. The list is now closed, but there is a waiting list and people who register will be issued tickets if people who already have tickets return them.

Speakers: Dimitri Dimitrov (Wikimedia); Gadi Oron ( Director-General CISAC); Lionel Bently (Herchel Smith Professor of Intellectual Property, University of Cambridge; Bertrand Sautier (Iprova); and Nicola Solomon (Chief Executive Society of Authors).

Time: 18:15 for 18:30 start

Venue: Bristows, 100 Victoria Embankment, EC4Y 0DH

29th May 2019

Frances Lowe Memorial Lecture

Speaker: Enrico Bonadio, Senior Lecturer, The City Law School of City, University of London

Time: 18:15 for 18:30 start

Venue: PRS, 2 Pancras Square, London N1C 4AG


Forgotten Cases

Members are invited to submit a proposal by 15th February, with the name and citation of the case and a brief summary of why BLACA members should be reminded of it (including proposals of cases which are not so old but have been under-estimated for some reason). The proposer must be prepared to speak about their proposed case for about 5 minutes, with a further few minutes being allocated for questions and discussion.

The Executive Committee will select cases for presentation at the meeting and attendees will be asked to vote on the case of their choice.

Chair: Professor Alison Firth, Chairman of BLACA

Time: 6.15pm for 6.30pm start

Venue: Reed Smith, Broadgate Tower, 20 Primrose Street, EC2A 2RS Pdf of map

Register on Eventbrite

Please note that spaces are limited. Early arrival is essential as registration does not guarantee a space. If you register and then can no longer attend, please remember to cancel your registration. If you would like to attend and the event is fully subscribed, please email Lynn Clarke ( to be added to the reserve list.

10 JANUARY 2019


The rise of AI poses significant questions for copyright: are the works created by AI protected? Should they be? How can investments in AI and related developments be stimulated from a copyright standpoint, eg with regard to text and data mining? This event, jointly organized by BLACA and The IPKat, will be an opportunity to discuss all this and more!


Eleonora Rosati (IPKat and University of Southampton)
Gaetano Dimita (BLACA and Queen Mary)
David Price (Google)
Mick Grierson (Goldsmiths)

Chair: Eleonora Rosati

Time: 5.15pm for 5.45pm start

Venue: Reed Smith, Broadgate Tower, 20 Primrose Street, EC2A 2RS Pdf of map

8 november 2018

DIDEROT’S LETTRE HISTORIQUE ET POLITIQUE regarding the French book trade


Speaker: Andreas Rahmatian is Professor of Commercial Law at the University of Glasgow. Austrian by birth he received his first degree and a PhD in law and then a degree in musicology and history from the University of Vienna. Later, he obtained an LLM at the University of London and qualified as a solicitor. His research interests include intellectual property law, legal history and the history of ideas. His books include Copyright and Creativity: the Making of Property Rights in Creative Works (2011) and Lord Kames: Legal and Social Theorist (2015).

Chair: Professor Suthersanen

Time: 6:15 for 6:30

Venue: Bristows, 100 Victoria Embankment, EC4Y 0DH

10 May 2018

The Dutch Trilogy: An assessment of the European Court's case law in Filmspeler, GS Media and The Pirate Bay

Tim Kuik, Director, Stichting Brein
Gwilym Harbottle, Barrister, Hogarth Chambers


Brigitte Lindner, Rechtsanwältin (Berlin), Registered European Lawyer (BSB), Serle Court

Time: 6:15 for 6:30

Venue: Bristows, 100 Victoria Embankment, EC4Y 0DH

8 March 2018

Cultural Heritage Institutions and Immersive Technologies: Monetisation and Copyright

Uma Suthersanen, Professor of International Intellectual Property Law, Queen Mary, University of London & Editor, European Copyright and Design Reports

Panel: - Sol Rogers, founder & CEO, Rewind
- William Latham, founder of Computer Artworks, & Professor of Computing at Goldsmiths, University of London
- Peter Wienand, Head of the IP & Commercial Team and the Museums & Galleries Group, Farrer & Co
- Sophie Goossens, Reed Smith (Lead, Entertainment and Media Industry in Paris; of counsel in London)
- Anthony Misquitta, General Counsel GC, V&A & Consultant Solicitor at Keystone Law
- Gaetano Dimita, Director of Intellectual Property Law/ Senior Lecturer, Queen Mary, University of London & Editor, Interactive Entertainment Law Review

Time: 6:15 for 6:30

Venue: Lecture Theatre, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London, 67-69 Lincoln’s Inn Fields London WC1A 3JB

11 January 2018


Heijo Ruijsenaars, Head of Intellectual Property, European Broadcasting Union
Katharina Hiersemenzel, Copyright Policy Counsel, Motion Picture Association (Brussels)

Chair: Tom Rivers, Vice-President BLACA

Time: 6:15 for 6:30

Venue: Bristows, 100 Victoria Embankment, EC4Y 0DH, Directions (.pdf).

9 November 2017

Duran Duran: copyright and copyright contracts in private international law

Meeting hosted by the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre, in Oxford

Speakers: Professor Paul Torremans, University of Nottingham
Professor Annette Kur, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, Munich

Chair: Professor Graeme Dinwoodie, Director, Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre, University of Oxford

Time: 5.15 pm

Venue: The Dorfman Room, St Peter's College, New Inn Hall Street, Oxford OX1 2DL (PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE)

Meeting jointly organised by OIPRC and BLACA and kindly hosted by OIPRC.  

19 October 2017

The impact of BREXIT on the UK’s copyright regime

Sir Richard Arnold (High Court Judge, Chancery Division, co-author with Bently, Dinwoodie and Derclaye of "IP law post Brexit")
Nicholas Saunders (Barrister, Brick Court Chambers)
Ros Lynch (Copyright and IP Enforcement Director, IPO)
Ian Moss  (Director Public Affairs, BPI)
Tom Ohta (Senior IP lawyer, BT)
Estelle Derclaye (Professor of Intellectual Property Law, University of Nottingham, co-author of "IP law post Brexit") 

Chair: Eleonora Rosati (Senior Contributor, IPKat and Associate Professor in IP Law, University of Southampton)

** This is a meeting jointly organised by IPKat and BLACA and hosted by Reed Smith.

13 JUly 2017


Following the CJEU's recent decision in Filmspeler (Case C-527/15), Simon Clark of Bristows and Ben Allgrove of Baker McKenzie will reprise the respective roles they played on opposite sides the last time the CJEU considered the temporary copies exception in Public Relations Consultants Association (Case C-360/13) in 2014. They will consider the different approaches taken in each case and where we now stand with the temporary copies exception under Article 5(1) and the three step test.

Chair: Stephen Edwards.

3 May 2017

The scope of "communication to the public" under EU law: is there still a borderline with indirect liability?

Speaker: Professor Alain Strowel who holds professorial appointments at the Université catholique de Louvain and the Université Saint-Louis-Bruxelles.

View the slides from the talk.

9 MARCH 2017

Copyright in the Digital Single Market

– A discussion of elements of the Commission's Proposal

Speakers: Michele Woods and Raquel Xalabarder.

Michele Woods is Director of the Copyright Law Division at WIPO, having served previously as Associate Register of Copyrights at the US Copyright Office with responsibility for policy and international affairs.

Raquel Xalabarder holds the Chair of Intellectual Property at the Open University of Catalunya and has been Director of the university's law programme since 2002.

12 January 2017

Authors' contracts

Speakers: Nicola Solomon Chief Executive Society of Authors, David Shelley CEO of Orion and Little Brown, Brigitte Lindner Associate Serle Court, Rechtsanwältin (Berlin), Gerlinde Schermer-Rauwolf German Writers' Union vice-president European Writers' Council, Maia Bensimon, in-house legal adviser of the Société des gens de lettres

The European Commission published a 320 page report on the remuneration of authors at the end of September this year. An extract from the press release issued by the Society of Authors indicates the salient findings. Downloaded the press release.


10 NOVEMBER 2016

News and Copyright

Speakers: Alexis Hawkes, Head of Intellectual Property, BBC IP Department.

Laurence Kaye (Laurence Kaye Consulting Ltd), who has been acting for the European Publishers Council.

Dr Richard Danbury, (Lecturer in Journalism and Law, Leicester De Montfort University. Formerly Postodoctoral Research Fellow on AHRC Copyright Satellite Project on Copyright and News in the Digital Environment at CIPIL, University of Cambridge).

Venue: The Old Library, Emmanuel College, Cambridge 

This BLACA meeting features a panel of experts to discuss the latest questions surrounding the relationship between copyright and news. News organisations stand in a peculiar position with respect to copyright: for the most part their interest is in acquisition and dissemination of "facts" (details of events, incidents, statements, and opinions), material not protected under most copyright laws. Yet their output is usually expressed through text, photographs and (in the case of some news) film and broadcast media. As such, they benefit - or can benefit (depending on contractual relations) - from copyright protection in such works. But hitherto such copyright protection has mostly been of limited value: economic returns have been acquired instead through developing a reputation for accuracy or speed or both (being first with the news), which generates subscriptions and in turn advertising. To the extent that copyright has affected newspapers and new organisation, it has often been in terms of delineating the scope of exceptions that allow the reporting of current events.

Digital communications, particularly over the Internet, have disturbed what was hitherto a relatively quiet field, generating litigation and calls for legislative reform. Many print newspapers have seen significant declines in subscription as more news becomes accessible online, while advertising revenues have plummetted as advertisers have found more effective ways to advertise online (eg in response to keyword searches). Much of the ensuing litigation has derived from news organisations' concerns over practices of news aggregators, that is, third parties (frequently commercial in nature) which offer links to and snippets from news posted on newspaper and news organisation websites. Some news organisation at least seem to think of aggregators as parasites, and wish either to stop unauthorised aggregation or, at least, secure a share of the economic benefits such aggregators derive from identifying and supplying relevant links to their clients. More recently, news organisations have sought some sort of neighbouring right, and the Commission in September 2016 has issued a proposal for just such a right to last 20 years.

At the same time, digital communication have presented new possibilities for disparate individuals to contribute to news dissemination (so called "citizen journalism"). This raises difficult questions as to whether freedoms enacted with the interests of news organisations in mind - such as "fair dealing for reporting current events" - can now be relied upon by individuals who encounter material they think is worth "sharing". Moreover, if individuals can re-use material in this way, claiming that they are reporting current events, is it open to third parties (commercial actors) to offer platforms from which such matterial can be readily accessed. It was preciselty these sorts of issues that Mr Justice Arnold faced earlier this year in the English & Welsh Cricket Board v Tixdaq [2016] EWHC (colloquially known as the "Fanatix decision"). The judge there recognised the real difficulty with determining where legitimate "reporting" (informing) stopped, and infringing "sharing for consumption" began.


27 October 2016


Speakers: Daniel Segoin, Agent of the French Government at the CJEU, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Nicholas Saunders, Brick Court Chambers, London.


15-16 september 2016

ALAI congress in rome

Topic: Applied Arts under IP Law: the uncertain border between beauty and usefulness


14 July 2016

Joint meeting with the BCC –  Implementation of the Collective Management Directive

Speakers: Martin Schaefer, Lawyer at Boehmert & Boehmert in Berlin.

John Mottram, Music Public Affairs Manager at PRS for Music, on the position in the UK and PRS for Music’s position in particular.

Andrew Yeates, Chairman of the BCC’s Copyright and Technology Working Group, on the perspective of smaller CMOs.


12 May 2016

Money in the bank or pie in the sky? Remuneration rights as an alternative to copyright enforcement

Chair: Dr Gaetano Dimita (Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute)

Main Speaker: P. Bernt Hugenholtz (Institute for Information Law, University of Amsterdam)


13 April 2016

Is There a EU Copyright Jurisprudence? An Empirical Analysis of the Workings of the European Court of Justice

This is a joint seminar between BLACA and CREATe

Speaker: Marcella Favale (Bournemouth University), Martin Kretschmer (Glasgow University), Paul Torremans (Nottingham University)


10 March 2016

BLACA Seminar – The European Commission proposal for a European Digital Single  Market - the proposed "portability" regulation and the audiovisual sector

Speaker: Magnus Brooke, ITV Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Association of Commercial Television in Europe (ACT).

Ted Shapiro, partner in the Brussels office of Wiggin LLP since 2013 and previously the Motion Picture Association's General Counsel in Europe, also based in Brussels.

Dr Helen Weeds, Lecturer in Economics, University of Essex. In 2003-4 served as Chief Economist at OFCOM.

Download the presentation from the evening.


14 January 2016

BLACA Seminar - Contractual override of copyright exceptions

Speaker: Toby Headdon, Senior Intellectual Property Associate, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP  

Download the presentation from the evening.

20 November 2015

The Unification of European  Copyright Laws

Please note that the November Seminar is being held in cooperation with the IP Department of the Law School at Bangor University, Bangor Gwynedd, North Wales. Full details of the Seminar will be sent in good time to all members of BLACA (includinginformation about accommodation and travel to Bangor)

Speakers: Judge Fidelma Macken SC, Brick Court Chambers, London (retired Judge of the Irish Supreme Court and former judge at the CJEU) and Professor Antoon Quaedvlieg, University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands  

Time: 5pm Seminar Start, 7pm Reception

Venue: Bangor University’s Management Centre, College Road, Bangor (details of the Seminar room will be posted as soon as possible)
4* accommodation is also available at the Management Centre and 20 rooms have been provisionally reserved

Download: Flyer

8 OCTOBER 2015

Developments in Europe

Speaker: Maria Martin-Prat, Head of the Copyright Unit now in DG Connect

10 September 2015

The impact in the UK of CJEU rulings

Speaker: Sir John Mummery

14 May 2015

Jurisdiction and the extent to which a UK copyright case could include claims against foreign parties for infringements in other EU states

At this meeting we will be making copies of the ALAI book entitled ‘Moral Rights in the 21st Century, The changing role of the moral rights in an era of information overload’ available for Full Members to collect.

Speaker: Professor Paul Torremans, University of Nottingham

8-9 APRIL 2015


This year for only the second time in its 23 year history Professor Hugh Hansen's IP Conference will not be in New York but in Cambridge. The format of the conference is, as usual, a mix of plenary events and panels on the three subjects - copyright, trade marks and patents. An online form is available at together with a partial list of speakers.

Registration fees vary depending on the category which the registrant belongs to, but BLACA members are entitled to a 15 per cent discount off the relevant fee if they enter the appropriate promo code.

In order to claim the discount, please contact Tom Rivers, the BLACA Treasurer, by email at

12 march 2015

Intellectual Property Enterprise Court Small Claims Track – Process and Perspectives

This is a joint meeting with the British Copyright Council.

The Small Claims Track in the IPEC has generated real interest, particularly among individual creators and performers and other rights holder SMEs who see it as providing an accessible and economic way of obtaining justice for infringement of copyright. It is hoped that this joint meeting will benefit those who represent and advise creators, authors and other freelance or small creative businesses as well as giving practitioners an insight into the operation of the Small Claims Track and how they might assist in its work.

Speaker: Chair – HH Judge Hacon, Presiding Judge, IPEC
Panel – John Walmesley, Educational Photos,
Gwen Thomas, Business & Legal Director,
Association of Photographers and Nicola
Solomon, Chief Executive, Society of Authors,
a Deputy District Court Judge,
and Janet Lambert, District Judge.

24 february 2015

sensory copyrights – smell of perfume, taste of cheese etc.

This is a joint meeting with IPKAT.

Speakers: Professor Jeremy Phillips, IPKat – Chairman
Professor Tobias Cohen Jehoram, De Brauw
Blackstone Westbroek N.V., NL
Dr Eleonora Rosati, University of Southampton
and IPKat

Time: 4:30 pm for a 5.00 pm start

RSVP: Please RSVP to

Venue: The offices of Reed Smith
20 Primrose Street
London, EC2A 2RS.

Download: PPT-presentation

8 January 2015

The changing relationship between the UK IPO and HMG

Speaker: Dr Ros Lynch, IPO’s Director of Copyright and IP Enforcement Policy.

13 November 2014


Adj. Prof. Dr. Silke von Lewinski, Senior Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition (Munich), will speak on CJEU's new public approach.

Prof. Dr. Jan Rosen, Professor of Private Law at Stockholm University, will speak on the Svensson case and the ALAI paper that preceded it.

Prof. Lionel Bently, Herchel Smith Professor of Intellectual Property, University of Cambridge, will speak on the basis of the opinion of the European Copyright Society.

11 september 2014

Is collectivisation the future of copyright?

Debate. The speakers in favour were Andrew Yeates, General Counsel of the Educational Recording Agency (ERA) and a member of the British Copyright Council board and Frances Lowe, Regulatory and Corporate Affairs Director, PRS for Music, and a member of the BCC board. Tom Rivers (Hon Treasurer BLACA) spoke against as did Sam Edenborough, President of the Association of Authors’ Agents.

10 July 2014

Copyright Hub

Dominic Young

8 May 2014

Irish Copyright Reform

Prof. Eoin O'Dell, Professor of IP at Trinity College Dublin

13 March 2014


Prof. Martin Kretschmer - Professor of Intellectual Property Law at University of Glasgow and Director of CREATe

Dr. Kristofer Erickson – Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Fellow in Social Sciences (CREATe)

Dr. Dinusha Mendis – Associate Professor in Law and Co-Director of the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy and Management (CIPPM)

Jaani Riordan – Barrister, 8 New Square

12 February 2014

BLACA/IPKAT: Are moral rights human rights?

Chair: Sir Colin Birss

Speakers: Dr Eleonora Rosati a regular contributor to the IPKAT, a member of the 1709 blog team, and guest lecturer at the EDHEC Business School, Lille, France; and Graham Smith an IP partner at the London office of Bird & Bird LLP and author of the Cyberleagle blog.

09 January 2014

Latest UK and EU Copyright Developments

Florian Koempel, Prof. Uma Suthersanen and Dr Maria Mercedes Frabboni

21 November 2013

Copyright and other IP Protections in Fashion

Layne Randolph, Esq. is a former in house counsel to luxury brand FENDI in Rome, Italy, and obtained a Master in IP Law at the University of Turin Law School in connection with WIPO. She is the founder of the Randolph Law Firm, P.C. and is a frequent speaker on intellectual property issues including IP in fashion.
LinkedIn: Layne Randolph

12 September 2013

Originality revisited - what consequences does the CJEU case law have for the UK?

The perspective of some of UK based civil lawyers.

Professor Estelle Derclaye, University of Nottingham
Dr Andreas Rahmatian, University of Glasgow


11 July 2013

The tangled web they weave - a journey beyond the headlines in the NLA -v- Meltwater litigation

Simon Clark, Partner & Head of Intellectual Property, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP