The Romanian International Literary and Artistic Association was formed on the initiative of teachers and researchers in the field of intellectual rights from universities in Bucharest, Constanța, Craiova, Cluj-Napoca, Iași, Sibiu, Târgu Mureș, Timișoara and Târgoviște, according to the Memorandum and Articles of Association and was registered, under the name, ASOCIAȚIA ALAI ROMÂNIA, in the Register of associations and foundations Part A, Section I, kept at the registry of the 3 rd District Court Bucharest, based on the Conclusion no. 446 of November 24, 2021, final by non-appeal, on December 14, 2021.
ALAI Romania is a member of the International Literary and Artistic Association (ALAI Int.) According to the provisions of art. 6 paragraph (2) of its Articles of Association which stipulate that “all natural or legal persons who are members of a national association with a similar object of activity and which has been approved by the Executive Committee, called the ALAI Group (nationality) are members of ALAI Int.”
Consequently, the members of Asociatia ALAI Romania are members of ALAI Int., having all the rights and obligations deriving from their articles of association.
The headquarters of Asociatia ALAI Romania is located in Bucharest, at S.C.A. “Roș și Asociații” (see Contact Section).
Why ALAI Romania
The most indisputable, most personal (in the sense of reflecting the author in his work and the author’s connection with his work), most sacred and most legitimate of all property rights is that over the “fruits” of the mind, over the things people themselves create from nothing in order to add to the surrounding world, is the ownership of the products of intellectual activity, of intellectual property protected by copyright and / or related rights. A property that had a difficult time finding its place among the other protected types, a property of a special kind (even the purest civil conservatives admit this), a property for which there is no means of acquisition other than the act of creation nd for which the acquisitive role of possession is excluded and the eventual overtaking of another’s work, regardless of whether its author is known or not and even when the work was abandoned or in the public domain, is worth only counterfeiting, plagiarism and piracy.
The legal protection afforded to intellectual property, the virtues and qualities we attribute and / or recognize, does not mean that it is not still an unknown concept to some (many), ignored by others (also many, some of them even creators), that it doesn’t have its adversaries (there are quite a few who more or less vehemently demand its repeal or its replacement by a simple right to remuneration) nor that it is respected, as life proves that intellectual property attracts, for unworthy purposes, both educated and uneducated, knowledgeable and ignorant, so that this is the most violated, the most usurped, the most used by third parties bearing no rights in order to obtain undeserved merits and / or significant gains with minimal risks.
Being immaterial and being able to circulate at the speed of thought / light, intellectual creations are indifferent to territorial boundaries between which they are protected by national laws, they are ubiquitous in the highest degree because they are accessible to anyone with adequate technical means, regardless (almost) of where they are, they are easily reproduced in unlimited quantities and in a way that makes it practically impossible or very difficult to detect the difference between pirated and original products. And modern reproduction, storage and communication technologies make it impossible (or at least difficult) to control the actual use of the works.
The qualities that intellectual property objects have and which can be equally considered flaws because they render them extremely vulnerable, the attraction exerted for unauthorized use, and modern technologies used for placing, reproducing, storing, and communicating make the “objects” of intellectual property difficult to protect by the technical and legal means at our disposal, the only efficient protection being that of respecting creators’ rights over their works. And that means education, knowledge, adapting laws to new technologies, adapting ourselves to the creation and use of others’ creations with the help of new technologies, and (especially) respecting the rights of those who have worked to create them.
Education is needed and we have not yet acknowledged that our education, all of us, begins with imitation and we continue to imitate even when we claim to be creators.
We need knowledge and our membership in ALAI gives us the chance to increase our knowledge, gives us the opportunity to assert ourselves in the world of intellectual rights, gives us the opportunity to contact and exchange ideas with specialists from around the world. More and more well-trained specialists are needed because the 21st century (already) already belongs to intellectual property. We need to teach all our fellow human beings, creators and users alike (because there are no people today for whom intellectual creations are foreign), to educate them, to make them aware of the value of intellectual creation and its results, and the need to respect the rights borne out of this creation.
To research, know, discover, identify the gaps in the laws and their violations, propose the remedy of the laws and their update, so as to suit the needs of our times (currently marked by the new creation, storage, reproduction and communication technologies, as well as by artificial intelligence, the miracle that delights and scares us at the same time), spread knowledge, make ourselves known! This is what we want, this is what we intend to do!
The research of the national laws and case-law, the comparative law studies, national and international conferences, the debating of unclear or controversial matters in order to sort them out, published and written works, scientific opinions upon the request of the stakeholders, the collaboration with the bodies in charge with the legislative regulation and/or protection of intellectual property rights, with international bodies, with universities and entities operating in the field of research, education for the acknowledgement and observance of rights, antiplagiarism and anti-plagiomania education, the awarding of the deserving, such are our main goals in the field of intellectual right research.
The Romanian Intellectual Property Law Magazine is always available to those who desire to publish their works in it. Indexed in some of the most important international databases, through the contribution of the ALAI members, it will most certainly become more valuable in terms of content and more appreciated by the readers.