International Literary and Artistic Association (ALAI) is an independent
learned society dedicated to studying and discussing legal issues arising in
connection with the protection of the interests of creative individuals.
Copyright and performing artists' rights are today an integral part of
fundamental human rights as enshrined in several international conventions,
declarations and charters.
in 1878 by the great French writer Victor Hugo to promote the international
recognition of the legal protection of authors for their intellectual work, the
Association fulfils its purpose by fostering the wider international
dissemination of works so as to enrich the heritage of humanity. This objective
was initially achieved at the end of the 19th century with the adoption of the
Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works. ALAI, since then, continues to play a key role in the preparation
of international legal instruments related to copyright and performers' rights,
specifically by organizing congresses and study days dedicated to the in-depth
analysis of every aspect of copyright.
ALAI promotes creativity by endeavouring to assure the
protection of the moral and economic rights of creators in general,
a goal that article 27(2) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights also
affirms. ALAI does not represent or promote
any individual author in particular, nor does it assist businesses or
industrial groups. ALAI is a broad-based, independent
organization, receptive to the views held by its numerous national groups and
individual members from every corner of the globe. Its members have a wide
range of backgrounds and activities, from academic scholars and practising
lawyers specializing in the field of copyright to professionals in the media
sector and national and international officials.
in ALAI or its national groups is open to anyone who wishes to take part in the
great debate on the role of authors’ and performers’ rights in a
constantly-evolving world, with a view to seeking balanced solutions in order
to promote creativity and the protection of creators.