The British Literary and

    Artistic Copyright Association


    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.

    It provides a forum for discussion of matters affecting the rights of authors and other copyright owners.

  • Next seminars



    Save the date for our upcoming seminars


    • 9 May 2024: Brigitte Lindner and Tanya Aplin, Pastiche versus Quotation: A tale of two exceptions?

    Tanya Aplin is a Professor of Intellectual Property Law at the Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London.

    Brigitte Lindner, BLACA Vice-Chair, is a barrister and a member of the bar of Berlin/Germany


    Brigitte Lindner will examine the origin and scope of the pastiche exception in select EU member states and the reference of the German Federal Supreme Court to the European Court of Justice in Pelham (C-590/23). Tanya Aplin will contrast the pastiche and quotation exceptions from an international and UK perspective and advocate for the supremacy of quotation.


    Recent news and updates


    On 17 February 2024, ALAI adopted a Resolution concerning the impact of AI on copyright, accessible here.










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    The annual subscription is £50. This covers attendance at all the regular meetings and entitles members to a substantial discount on the fee for joint BLACA seminars. BLACA members are automatically members of ALAI with entitlement to discounted fees to attend its international Congresses and Study Days each year and to receive free copies of the proceedings (A special registration fee is available for registered students). Enquiries to Stephen Edwards.

  • Contact us

    Stephen Edwards, Chairman: sedwards@ReedSmith.com

    Sara Witton, Secretary: sara.witton@bristows.com
    Dr Maria Mercedes Frabboni, Honorary Treasurer: m.m.frabboni@sussex.ac.uk


  • Directions

    Seminars in presence will be held at Bristows,
    100 Victoria, Embankment, EC4Y 0DH