• 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.

  • Our seminar series

    COMING UP:

    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.

     

    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).

    Rights and stage productions

    12 May 2022, 6.15pm

    Bristows LLP

    100 Victoria Embankment

    London EC4Y 0DH

    (In person)

     

    Our distinguished expert panel will draw on recent research and explore the role copyright plays in the theatre:

     

    Dr Luke McDonagh (London School of Economics) will introduce us to his new book on ‘Performing Copyright: Law, Theatre and Authorship’;

     

    Professor Ysolde Gendreau (Université de Montréal) will give us an account of her research on the rights of stage directors of theatrical productions conducted in the context of a WIPO Study;

     

    Philippe Kern (KEA European Affairs, Brussels) will report on a study compiled for the European Commission on the state of theatres in Europe.

     

     

    Chair: Brigitte Lindner, BLACA Vice-Chair

    Exhaustion of rights and downstream uses

    10 March 2022, 6.30pm

    Bristows LLP

    100 Victoria Embankment

    London EC4Y 0DH

    (In person)

     

    This seminar will discuss a current UK ‘Hot topic’ – exhaustion of rights, with emphasis on downstream uses of copyright works. A distinguished panel from legal, policy and the copyright industries has been invited by our vice-chairman Stephen Edwards to discuss the issues and alternative options. The UK currently has an ‘asymmetric’ exhaustion policy for products of EEA origin. A recent government consultation did not produce a definite recommendation on future exhaustion policy.

     

    Speakers: Catriona Macleod Stevenson (General Counsel, Publishers Association), David Harmsworth, (General Counsel, Phonographic Performance Limited)

    Professor Guido Westkamp (Chair in Intellectual Property and Comparative Law, Centre for Commercial Law Studies)

     

    CHAIR:
    Stephen Edwards (BLACA Vice-Chairman)

  • 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:
    alison.firth@newcastle.ac.uk

     

    Vice Chairmen:

    Stephen Edwards

    Brigitte Lindner

     

    Simon Clark, Secretary:
    Bristows
    simon.clark@bristows.com
    tel: 020 7400 8000

     

    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