• 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.

  • 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


    Chair: 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).

    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

  • 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