ALAI internationale was founded in Paris in 1878 by La Société des Gens de Lettres de France under the sponsorship of Victor Hugo. It gave rise to the Berne Convention signed on September 9, 1886, established in view of protecting literary and artistic works.
ALAI Canada, the canadian national group of ALAI, was founded in 1978 and was incoporated in 1987. Its head office is in Montreal, but it holds activities in Québec and Toronto as well. Expansion to other Canadian cities is anticipated. Many other national groups exist, for example in Switzerland, the United States, Australia, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden etc.
ALAI Canada is a member of the ALAI internationale Bureau and Executive committee which is formed by delegates of these various national groups.
ALAI is made up of a multiplicity of personalities interested in copyright from over twenty countries. Due to its close contacts with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), UNESCO and the European Union, ALAI is invited to share its views on projects elaborated by these organizations and among others, on the evolution of the Berne and Rome Conventions.
Every second year, ALAI holds a world-wide congress, such as those of Québec in 1989 and Montebello in 1997 organized by ALAI Canada, and in the the interval years, study sessions are held, such as those of Amsterdam and Cambridge.
ALAI Canada's purpose
ALAI Canada has as its purpose to promote and protect copyright as well as to study questions regarding the protection and the applicability of these rights.
To reach its goals, ALAI Canada holds conferences, seminars and congresses. Furthermore, ALAI Canada publishes and distributes documents dealing with copyright; and, on its own or in collaboration with other associations, it holds educational and training sessions on the topic. These activities combine a strict scientific analysis with a pratical approach to the various topics considered. They are available to specialists as well as to the public at large.