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Case Act Overwhelming Passes the House of Representatives

We are thrilled to report that the CASE Act (H.R. 2426) was passed by the House of Representative this evening, October 22, 2019, by a vote of 410-6.  It’s a great day for creators!

“Today’s vote by the House further attests to the tremendous support that’s been demonstrated for the CASE Act, legislation that will provide U.S. creators with a viable means for defending their copyrighted works through the creation of a small claims tribunal within the U.S. Copyright Office”, says Keith Kupferschmid, CEO of the Copyright Alliance.

He continues “Today’s vote by the House demonstrates not only the support for the bill but also the fact that members of Congress could not be bamboozled into believing the numerous falsehoods about the CASE Act that were proffered by those who philosophically oppose any copyright legislation that will help the creative community and who will use any means to achieve their illicit goals.”

DMLA has been working on this bill along with the Copyright Alliance and a group of other visual associations over the last ten years and it is great to see all the hard work pay off.  A special thanks to Nancy Wolff, DMLA Counsel and Cathy Aron, DMLA Executive Director for their roles in this important legislation.

We still have work to do to make sure this gets passed in the Senate, so please keep the pressure on with your U.S. Senators.

A copy of the bill can be found here.

DMLA 24th Annual Conference to feature sponsors Google & PicRights and Opening Keynote Stan Pavlosky, Pres., Shutterstock

DMLA Conference

The Digital Media Licensing Association’s Navigating Disruption program is set in Marina Del Rey this October 27 – 29, 2019, as industry leaders network and learn how to profit and grow in content licensing.

Contact: Rick Gell


NEW YORK, Sept. 20, 2019 /Press Release/  —  The 24th Annual DMLA Conference will focus on “seizing the opportunity” as the content-streaming arms race generates more visual media production and visual content licensing – than ever imagined. 

The program will include 2 Keynotes, 6 full sessions and 15 roundtables delving into new technologies, sales and marketing strategies, hot legal topics, deep-dive educational opportunities and successful new business models, with all-day networking and evening events sponsored by Google and PicRights. 

On Monday, Stan Pavlovsky, Shutterstock’s new President and COO, kicks off our conference with a high-level look at how changes in technology and the economy are affecting the licensing community. On Tuesday, Chad Newell, Snapwire’s CEO explores the universe of on-demand custom production platforms and how technology transformed the space, driving a growing need for wholly-owned and exclusive content. 

Featured morning sessions will include: Speaking of Disruption: Free Content with Pexels and Unsplash’s #1 photographer; Trusted Content with executives from Getty Images, Vice News, SIPA  and Turner Broadcasting; Practical AI with IBM, Google Cloud, Imagga and CloudSight; Achieving Authenticity and Personalization with Adobe, Alamy and Hawke Media; Hot Topics in Legal with Shutterstock, Stocksy, CDAS and Dipchand LLP; and Google Images Update with Product Lead Francois Spies and Global Head of Partnerships Micheal Librizzi.

Each afternoon will feature three simultaneous roundtables and presentations where attendees can dig deeper into morning topics, learn new sales strategies, explore emerging tech, artist relations,or key IP issues and challenges. Topics include: Public Domain is Back; EU Copyright Directive Affects Everyone, Everywhere; Communicate Your Value Proposition and Obtain Market Value Pricing; Ready for VR? Use Cases for Immersive 360%; Copyright Enforcement Tales from the Trenches; How to Conquer Video Metadata; Platforms and Search: European and News Publisher Perspectives; Copyright Registration – Now More Than Ever, Keeping Creators Happy and Engaged and Embedding Ad-Supported Content. 

Senior executives of DMLA’s market leaders, including Bob Ahern, Director of Getty Images Archive, Candice Murray, VP Global Editorial Business Development at Shutterstock and Amanda Perrot, Senior Legal Counsel at Adobe, will be joined by Danielle Coffey, SVP, News Media Alliance, Sabtain Khan, Lead Product Manager, IBM Watson Visual Recognition, Alfonso Gutierrez, President of CEPIC and Jeff Goodman, President of Producers, one of LA’s oldest libraries. 

Leslie Hughes, VP of DMLA and this years Program Director assembled an expert curatorial program team that included Thomas Smith, CEO, Gado Images, Bruce Pales, CEO, 360Cities,  Christina Hawatmeh,  CEO, Scopio,  Joe Naylor, CEO, ImageRights International, Michael Masterson, CEO, Permission Machine and Nancy Wolff, DMLA Senior General Counsel who crafted our ever-popular legal sessions. 

The conference entertainment will include PicRights-sponsored Opening Reception at the Marriott, Marina Del Rey Bayview Ballroom, A History of Los Angeles in 100 Images presentation by historian Paul Ayers, Google-sponsored Cocktail Reception on Monday and Tuesdays’ Celebrate Cathy – to thank retiring Executive Director Cathy Aron, who transformed PACA, the 50-year-old image-agency trade association into today’s DMLA – whose members license images, video, motion graphics, audio and templates for millions of content creators worldwide. 

About DMLA:

We are the trade association for content licensors, their partners and the creators they represent. We advocate, educate and build community. At our annual conference, the DMLA promotes the interests of the media licensing industry and works to develop best practices and ethical business standards; actively advocates copyright and intellectual property protections; and explores hot topics, trends and business models in licensing.

Everett Collection is hiring

Account Executive, Sales — Everett Collection — Stock Photo Agency

Internationally known entertainment and historical image archive is seeking an individual to be responsible for maintaining and developing business with existing key accounts as well as new opportunities. You would handle all aspects of the sales process in order to drive revenue. You need to have a strong sales conversion drive that includes excellent negotiating skills and problem solving abilities. The position requires versatility as you will be taking client requests, tracking status of accounts, information gathering, troubleshooting and, at times, research. You will also be cold calling and responding to incoming inquiries. You must be able to work independently but also part of a team, under the supervision of our director of business development. Experience working with copyright and clearance issues is a plus. A working knowledge of popular culture (movies/TV/celebrity) is a plus.


  • Strong and confident communication skills both on the phone and in writing
    Word, Excel.
  • Familiar with CRM systems and digital image delivery services.
  • Photoshop – A plus.

Based on experience.

Please send cover letter and résumé to: No calls please.