• 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.

    J.A.L. Sterling Postgraduate Bursary Award - 2023

    The Call has been published (see details).

  • Orphan Works: an academic and practical review of the current law

    12th January 2023, 6.15pm

    Bristows LLP

    100 Victoria Embankment

    London EC4Y 0DH

    (In person)

     

    For our first session of 2023, we will be looking at the UK’s orphan works regime which governs creative works or performances for which one or more of the right holders is either unknown or cannot be found. Maria Mercedes Frabboni will summarise the academic discussions around the Orphan Works Directive and developments under UK law, and Lord Justice Colin Birss will then talk us through his personal experience of applying for and successfully obtaining an orphan works licence.

     

    Lord Justice Birss was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal on 25 January 2021 and Deputy Head of Civil Justice from 11 January 2021. He took silk in 2008, was appointed as a Specialist Circuit Judge of what we now know as IPEC in 2010, was appointed to the High Court in 2013, and has been a Deputy Chair of the Copyright Tribunal.

     

     

    Dr Maria Mercedes Frabboni, Lecturer in Law, University of Sussex, has conducted research on regulation of non-attributable or abandoned visual art and published on issues surrounding the use of orphan works. She has also commented on reforms affecting the management of copyright by collecting societies in the music and art sectors, and is the Honorary Treasurer of BLACA.

     

    Chair

    Simon Clark, Honorary Secretary, BLACA  

    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.

     

    Speaker

    Toby Headdon, Senior Associate, Bristows LLP

     

    Chair

    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.

     

    Speaker

    Andres Guadamuz, University of Sussex

     

    Commentator

    Sophie Goossens, Reed Smith, London

     

    Chair

    Alison Firth, BLACA Chairman

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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:
    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