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.

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    • 13 June 2024: Jerker Ryden, Senior Legal Adviser to the Swedish Royal Library (National Library of Sweden), Remunerated cross-border access to research materials, EODOPEN and other projects involving the Swedish Royal Library, 5.30 for 5.45 (please note earlier start time)


    Speaker: Jerker Ryden, Senior Legal Adviser to the Swedish Royal Library (National Library of Sweden) since 2007, where he assists on legal matters, especially copyright, data protection and matters relevant to the making available of the library’s Corpus; Board member, Trust for Legal Information, Stockholm University; formerly in practice at the Swedish Bar, before becoming Senior Legal Counsel of the National Heritage Board.

    Commentator: Confirmed commentator: Dr Maria Asunción Esteve Pardo, Associate Professor, Department of Private Law, University of Barcelona, where her research interests include intellectual property, contract and data protection; Visiting Academic Fellow, Queen Mary, University of London. Asuncion has conducted research into open access to scientific publishing, in Spain, Europe and the UK. She has investigated the advantages and disadvantages of different models, and the complexities of contractual solutions between research funders, authors, publishers, universities, and libraries. An article on her research findings will be published in July, in issue 6 of IIC (the International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law).

    Chair: Prof Uma Suthersanen, BLACA and Professor of Global Intellectual Property Law, Queen Mary, University of London


    The Royal Library and its Senior Legal Advisor are involved in many projects related to copyright, including online access to source material for higher education and research. A conference on artificial intelligence is planned later this year with Stockholm University and the Patent and Trademark Office (Swedish IPO). A 2011 Memorandum of Understanding on out-of-commerce works as well as cross-border pilots were per-cursors to provisions in the Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive (EU) 2019/790. Another initiative, which will be an important aspect of this meeting, is a pilot licensing project between Swedish Copyright Management Organisations and those in a Commonwealth country – Malawi - to facilitate cross-border access to source material. With thanks to EODOPEN, a project that aims to make 20th and 21st century textual materials digitally available, particularly for young people and those with special needs, and to spread best practice in rights clearance internationally: https://eodopen.eu



    Recent news and updates



    • As members know, BLACA is the UK group of ALAI, the Association Litteraire et Artistique Internationale. This year’s annual ALAI Congress will take place in Santiago, Chile on 24 and 25 October, focused on ‘Copyright, International Trade and Cultural Diversity’. Here is a link to the Congress website. Further information about the congress will be made available on that website in the coming weeks.


    • 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