• Seminar series

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    Upcoming seminars and topics


    New York - Paris - London

     16th November 2023

    (Please note new date)

    6 for 6.15pm

    Reed Smith

    Broadgate Tower

    20 Primrose Street

    London EC2A 2RS

    (In person)


    Two speakers who presented at the June ALAI Congress on'Copyright, related rights and artificial intelligence' in Paris - Prof JaneGinsburg and Sophie Goossens - have kindly confirmed as speakers for ourNovember BLACA seminar. They will bring discussions and insights from the Parismeeting to BLACA members and consider some recent developments in US case law, which were unfolding in June. We are grateful to Reed Smith for hosting this meeting.


    Prof Jane Ginsburg is Morton L. Janklow Professor ofLiterary and Artistic Property Law at Columbia University School of Law, NewYork, ALAI Vice-President, and a member of ALAI’s Bureau and ExecutiveCommittee. She is author with Sam Ricketson of International Copyright andNeighbouring Rights: The Berne Convention and Beyond (3rd ed2022, OUP) and many other scholarly works on copyright.

    BLACA member Sophie Goossens is a dual-qualified partner(France and England & Wales) in Reed Smith's Entertainment and MediaIndustry Group. She taught International & European Copyright law atFaculté Jean Monnet, Université Paris-Saclay for two years. She is lead authorof Reed Smith’s Entertainment & Media Guide to AI (2023) andcontributor to the Reed Smith Guide to the Metaverse (2022).
    Alison Firth (BLACA Chairman)


  • Past seminars

    Moral rights in our contemporary landscape


    A new research handbook on moral rights, edited by Prof Ysolde Gendreau, has just been published by Edward Elgar. We are delighted that Prof Gendreau and BLACA members who have contributed to the work will be sharing highlights and insights at our October meeting. As reviewer Peter Yu has put it “This volume could not have been published at a more opportune time when there are growing demands for greater protections for authenticity, artistic integrity and creative agency. It shows why moral rights protection not only is of contemporary relevance but also deserves our renewed attention.”


    Chairman: Alison Firth, BLACA Chairman


    Confirmed speakers: Ysolde Gendreau, Gillian Davies, Brigitte Lindner, Paul Torremans


    Ysolde Gendreau is professor of Law at the Université de Montréal, Canada, where she teaches intellectual property law. She was president of ALAI Canada from 2006 to 2011 and is an active member of ALAI, sitting on its Executive Board and Bureau as a Vice-President.


    Gillian Davies is a barrister and professor of International & EU Intellectual Property Law at QMUL’s Centre for Commercial Law Studies. She a past chairman of BLACA and was a member of ALAI’s Executive Board for many years.


    Brigitte Lindner, BLACA vice-chair, is a barrister, qualified in England and Wales, and at the Berlin bar. She has experience of working in international organisations and copyright industry bodies, as well as private practice.


    Paul Torremans is professor of Intellectual Property Law at the University of Nottingham and co-director of its Commercial Law Centre. He is a past Chairman of BLACA and has a personal seat on ALAI’s Executive Board as a co-opted member.  


    Joint IPKat/BLACA/IFIM Rapid Response Event on CJEU YouTube/Cyando Ruling