Kodak Announces Launch of KODAKOne Image Rights Management Platform

In a move sure to rock the industry, Kodak and WENN Digital, in a licensing partnership,  have announced the launch of the KODAKOne image rights management platform and KODAKCoin, a photo-centric cryptocurrency to empower photographers and agencies to take greater control in image rights management.

You can read the entire story here.




Call for DMLA Board of Director Nominations

The DMLA Nominations and Elections Committee is pleased to announce the call for nominees to serve on the 2018 to 2020 DMLA Board of Directors.

There are eight positions open for the 2018 – 2020 Board slate – President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and four (4) Officers-at-Large.

Participating on the Board of Directors enables you to lend your leadership and vision to the DMLA community and to contribute to defining its path forward. If you are interested in serving or nominating a fellow member, please send an email with your interest to nominations@digitalmedialicensing.org.

The DMLA Board’s obligation to its members is to govern the organization and to forward its mission:

To promote and protect the interests of the media licensing community through advocacy, education and communication.

Nominations and Elections Process

Eligibility: Any member of DMLA in good standing may nominate themselves or fellow members to serve on the DMLA Board of Directors providing they meet the requirements as established in the DMLA Bylaws.

Only complete nominations will go before the Nominations and Elections Committee for consideration. If you would like to nominate another individual to serve, the nominee along with their contact information and reason for nomination is needed. The Nominations and Elections committee shall verify the eligibility of all nominees. Individuals so nominated shall have given prior consent to said nomination and election as an officer.

The call for Nominations and Elections closes at 11:59 p.m. EST, Monday, February 15, 2018.

Board Positions

To gain a better understanding of the roles and responsibilities of being a member of the DMLA Board of Directors as well as the specific positions that are open on the 2018 DMLA Board, please visit the DMLA website at www.digitalmedialicensing.org/bylaws.shtml for roles and descriptions. The following positions are open for nominations:

  • DMLA President
  • DMLA Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer
  • DMLA Officer-at-large   (4) positions availableTimeline
Date Actions
January 8, 2018 –February 12, 2018 Call for Nominations Open
February 12, 2018 Nominations and Elections Committee Receives Final Nominations
February 13, 2018 Nominations and Elections Committee Recommends Slate for Board Approval
February 26, 2018 Election Ballots Distributed to Members For Voting
March 16, 2018 Final Ballots Accepted by DMLA
April 4, 2018 DMLA 2014 Board Announces Election Results
May 1, 2018 DMLA 2018 Board of Directors will take office

Should you have any questions, please contact Sonia Wasco – DMLA Nominations and Elections Committee Chair

at 717-626-0296 or nominations@digitalmedialicensing.org

Support for Copyright Small-Claims Enforcement Act Needed

For many photographers, illustrators, authors, songwriters and other creatives who own copyrighted works, enforcing their rights in court is not feasible.  Litigation is expensive and many creators simply can’t afford it.  In effect, the U.S. copyright system currently provides creators with rights but no effective remedies.

It’s vital that Congress hears from ALL creators (and friends of the creative community) on the importance of supporting the COPYRIGHT ALTERNATIVE in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act of 2017 (H.R. 3945), which will create a small claims court for creators and small business to resolve their copyright infringement claims.


In partnership with members of the Copyright Alliance Small Claims Working Group, we are asking you to raise awareness about H.R. 3945 and joining our sister organizations in declaring January 17, 2018 as #SmallClaimsDay.  In addition to raising awareness, we are asking all DMLA members to contact their representatives on (or before) January 17 to request that they cosponsor H.R. 3945.  Please ask your photographers to do the same.It’s quick and easy to do! http://copyrightalliance.org/get-involved/add-your-voice/




New Job Opportunity at NBC News Archive



NBC News Archive is searching for a Digital Sales and Marketing Manager.

This role will be responsible for driving revenue from online photo and video licensing and managing product marketing for a new e-commerce website. Besides driving new customer acquisition and conversion, this position will be directly involved in content analysis, curation and distribution to grow digital sales. The successful candidate will be customer-focused, self-motivated, and results-driven working in close collaboration with team members across multiple functions, including content research, rights clearance and technology operations.

The Job information can be found here.

Alternet Publishes Rick Gell’s Article

Congratulations to DMLA Board Member, Rick Gell, whose thought-provoking article entitled “How Silicon Valley’s Capitalist Greed Continues to Cheat Creators and Rob American Culture has been published by Alternet.

The article, which criticizes the DMCA and CDA – two laws that he believes have hurt copyright owners and journalists, is a very interesting read for all media licensors.

You can read the article here









NBC News Archive: Digital Sales & Marketing Manager Position





This role will be responsible for driving revenue from online photo and video licensing and managing product marketing for a new e-commerce website. Besides driving new customer acquisition and conversion, this position will be directly involved in content analysis, curation and distribution to grow digital sales. The successful candidate will be customer-focused, self-motivated, and results-driven working in close collaboration with team members across multiple functions, including content research, rights clearance and technology operations.


  • Work with GM to define and implement a global sales plan
  • Collect and use data to generate quantitative and qualitative insights to build effective go-to-market and ongoing marketing plans
  • Use analytics to understand demand, customer segments and performance to offer content that will generate revenue globally
  • Continuously track and analyze competitive landscape and market trends to make recommendations on product positioning and pricing models
  • Collect ongoing customer feedback and implement relevant content and technology solutions
  • Stay abreast of new trends, algorithm updates and best practices to ensure ongoing optimization and improvement to search and content (e.g. key-wording, topics)
  • Develop and implement digital marketing strategies (incl. SEO, link building, Adwords) to drive targeted traffic to website
  • Create email and social media marketing campaigns and measure ROI
  • Develop and execute targeted tactics and efforts based on demand and customer profile in key geographic markets
  • Provide timely and accurate reporting of sales activity metrics, forecasts, and revenue projections
  • Execute general administrative functions related to business development, sales and marketing
  • Provide back-up support to department on additional projects and operations


  • BA/BS degree required
  • Minimum of 1-3 years of experience in digital marketing, content licensing or media
  • Superior analytical & quantitative skills
  • Demonstrated interest in visual imagery, news and historical content
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Strong organization skills and attention to detail
  • Comfort working independently and as part of a team
  • Relentless work ethic, ability to succeed in a results-focused, high-growth culture
  • Entrepreneurial nature, highly adaptable and comfortable with change
  • Foreign language skills preferred

Contact:  nbcuarchivesjobs@gmail.com.





 Boston, MA – ImageRights President and CEO Joe Naylor has been appointed Chairperson of Digital Media Licensing Association (DMLA) Technology Committee. The announcement was made by DMLA President Geoff Cannon.

As the global leader in copyright enforcement services for photo agencies and professional photographers, Naylor will investigate, discuss, and address issues involving technology that have an impact on the business of digital licensing. Naylor will aid in fostering an environment of growth and collaboration utilizing member’s technical resources and expertise as well as manage and lead technical initiatives to evolve DMLA’s digital presence and value for the membership and potential members.

“DMLA is going through a transformational period in which it is expanding its focus from just that of the U.S. photo licensing industry to the broader digital licensing industry overall, including motion, archival footage and media companies worldwide. With these new initiatives, it is an exciting to time to start my new role as chairperson of the technology committee,” said Naylor. “I look forward to working with the members to shed light on the technology that is influencing our growing industry.”

“ImageRights has always been on the forefront of technology and copyright and we are thrilled to have Joe lead our committee and to lend his expertise to our members,” adds Geoff Cannon, DMLA President.


About ImageRights

ImageRights International provides intelligent image search and copyright enforcement services to photo agencies, professional photographers and media companies worldwide to ensure that their intellectual property rights are protected and that they are compensated for the unauthorized use of their copyrighted works. ImageRights, the only company to have fully automated copyright registration with the US Copyright Office, has made copyright enforcement a truly integrated component of its clients’ daily workflow. Through its in-house license compliance team and global network of copyright attorneys, ImageRights has recovered more than $8 million in settlements and awards on behalf of its clients.


DMLA joins in amicus brief in VHT v Zillow, supporting VHT’s award of statutory damages based on number of infringed images under a database group registration of photographs

On Monday December 18, 2017, DMLA joined NPPA, ASMP and GAG in submitting an amicus brief before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in support of VHT, a real estate photography company against Zillow, an online real estate platform on the narrow issue of the proper calculation of statutory damages based on multiple infringed images registered using a database registration consisting predominantly of photographs. The appeal by Zillow argues, among other issues, that the district court erred in awarding statutory damages to VHT based on each image infringed having independent economic value, despite being registered under a single database registration of photographs, which Zillow argues should only entitle VHT to one award of statutory damages regardless of the massive number of images infringed. The relevant question in the Zillow case hinges on what a court considers a “work” under Section 504(c)(1) of the Copyright Act, each separate image filed within the application, or the database as a whole, which would be one work.

The amicus brief supports the view that the independent value test applied by the lower court, and previously adopted by the Ninth Circuit is the correct one. The amicus brief describes the historical background of the various group registration procedures designed by the U.S. Copyright Office, to ease the administrative burden of registration of photographs which has unique challenges given the amount of images a photographer can create in a day.  In particular, the database registration of photographs was developed with input from DMLA and its members (formerly PACA) to protect images distributed through online platforms, which formerly were distributed via published print catalogs. The amici argue that the form of registration should have no impact on whether the independent works covered by the registration should be considered a single work, entitled to a single statutory damage or multiple works entitled to damages for each work infringed. The outcome of the Ninth Circuit’s ruling could have a major impact on the ability of image libraries and their contributing photographers to recover appropriate damages from infringers who use more than one of their photographs without permission, based on group registration, particularly those in the Ninth’s Circuit’s jurisdiction which includes California, Oregon, Washington state, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Arizona, Alaska and Hawaii.

The brief, which you can find here, was filed by NPPA’s Deputy General Counsel, Alicia Calzada, with support from DMLA’s attorneys Nancy Wolff and Marissa Lewis of Cowan, DeBaets , Abrahams and Sheppard LLP. An amicus brief on another important issue in the case—secondary liability—was filed in support of VHT by the Copyright Alliance (link: http://copyrightalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Copyright-Alliance-VHT-v-Zillow-Amicus-Brief.pdf ), where DMLA is a member.