• 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.

    Michael John Freegard

    We are sad to announce the death, on 27 October, 2022 of BLACA Honorary Member


    Michael Freegard. Michael was a founder member and officer of BLACA for many years and an influential presence at ALAI, the Association Littéraire et Artistique Internationale, of which BLACA is the UK member. We remember Michael with affection and respect, for his work for copyright, for the wisdom and friendship he brought to our association, and his ability to make everything fun, as well as interesting. BLACA Vice-Chairman Brigitte Lindner recalls Michael at ALAI Budapest in 2003, stepping up to act as Master of Ceremonies for the first and only ‘ALAI Evergreen Singers and Orchestra A-Muse’ concert, given by musical members of BLACA and ALAI.


    (Here are the full notice and details regarding the funeral service)

  • The proposed new UK text & data mining exception

    8 December 2022, 6.15pm

    Bristows LLP

    100 Victoria Embankment

    London EC4Y 0DH

    (In person)


    The UK IPO recently signalled its intention to introduce an expansive new text & data mining exception for both copyright and database right to facilitate TDM for any purpose. This discussion will address the context for this exception, its substance and the extent to which it may or may not be compatible with the Three Step Test.



    Toby Headdon, Senior Associate, Bristows LLP



    Alison Firth, BLACA Chairman

    From blockchain to NFTs, copyright issues and non-issues

    11 October 2022, 6.00pm

    Bristows LLP

    100 Victoria Embankment

    London EC4Y 0DH

    (In person)


    Meeting on aspects of the metaverse relevant (or not!) to copyright. Our speaker will outline key features and concepts. Our commentator will follow with comments from a practitioner perspective before we open the floor for questions and comments from the audience.



    Andres Guadamuz, University of Sussex



    Sophie Goossens, Reed Smith, London



    Alison Firth, BLACA Chairman

    Time for a new Copyright Act?

    26 May 2022, 6.15pm

    Bristows LLP

    100 Victoria Embankment

    London EC4Y 0DH

    (In person)


    Lord Justice Arnold (Court of Appeal of England and Wales) will present the case in favour of new legislation, identifying nine reasons why a new Act is required and discussing how the framing of the new Act should be approached.


    (The slides by Lord Justice Arnold are available here).


    A panel discussion, chaired by Eleonora Rosati (Stockholm University), will then follow.


    The Panellists are (in alphabetical order):

    John Enser (CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP)

    John Mottram (PRS for Music)

    Nicola Solomon (Society of Authors),

    Catriona Stevenson (Publishers’ Association)

    Uma Suthersanen (Queen Mary University of London).

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  • Membership

    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 Simon Clark.

  • Contact us

    Professor Alison Firth, Chairman:


    Vice Chairmen:

    Stephen Edwards

    Brigitte Lindner


    Simon Clark, Secretary:
    tel: 020 7400 8000


    Dr Maria Mercedes Frabboni, Honorary Treasurer:


  • Directions

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