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[NAME] is a member of DMLA, the Digital Media Licensing Association is writing to support H.R. 2426, The Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2019 (CASE Act), which was introduced in the House on May 1, alongside a companion bill, S. 1273, in the Senate.

Until now, federal courts have exclusive jurisdiction over all copyright claims. This means that most infringements of visual content go virtually unchecked, as the cost of enforcing copyright claims in federal court can far exceed any reasonable compensation the copyright owner or its licensing representation can expect to recover.

The CASE Act would create an affordable, efficient alternative to expensive and drawn out federal litigation to resolve ordinary copyright disputes. Copyright law and the means to effectively enforce rights under copyright is the bedrock of the media licensing industry. NAME represent(s) the works of thousands of photographers, illustrators, videographers and other visual artists for potential licensing. Weinvest substantial resources in creating easy to navigate online platforms that allow publishers, creatives, filmmakers and businesses of all sizes access to vast libraries of licensable visual content to visually enhance all forms of communications. Unfortunately, the ease in which visual content can be reproduced freely online undermines this valuable licensing economy our members have built including the livelihood of the artists whose works werepresent. DMLA has been working on our behalffor the past decade with the Copyright Office, Congress, and a coalition of visual artists associations in support of a creation of a voluntary copyright tribunal that will encourage the resolution of these kinds of infringement claims, where both sides can afford to seek a resolution without expensive legal fees.

We need a 21stcentury copyright regime that protects creators and a licensing system that rewards creation and encourages licensing models that add to the U.S. economy, instead of encouraging theft of visual content. The CASE Act does just that. We urge every member of the Committee to show their support by co-sponsoring the CASE Act.


DMLA 2019 Conference Returning to Marina del Rey

The DMLA Executive Board is pleased to announce that the 24th Annual DMLA Conference will be returning to Marina del Rey for 2019! Los Angeles was the overwhelming choice of the people surveyed from this year’s event.

We hope you make your plans early to send your representatives to this wonderful venue, The Marriott Marina del Rey. We will be building on the success of this year and will be bringing in even more exciting and inspiring sessions.

Mark your calendar for: October 27th thru October 29th, 2019.


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.

2018 DMLA Conference Help Wanted

DMLA Conference 2018 Los AngelesDear DMLA Members,

Throughout the years you have been participating in our annual conference as an attendee. This year we are in Los Angeles and as part of the change in locale, I would also like to open to all of  you to the opportunity to participate in the programming for the conference.
Los Angeles is on the Pacific Rim, a city of creativity that is the epicenter of entertainment, music, motion and still and the producers of much of the content for the US and beyond, this opens up many topics for panels and speakers.  What would like to talk about?  What issues do you think are important for this year’s meeting?
We are just beginning our Program Committee’s work and could use a few more volunteers too.
I look forward to working with you all to bring your passion and ideas to our conference October 21-23, 2018.
Please reach out to Cathy Aron at as soon as possible with your suggestions.
All the best,
Ophelia Chong, Stock Pot Images
DMLA Program Chair

VCG acquires 500px

BEIJING, Feb. 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Visual China Group (VCG) announced on Monday, February 26th that it has acquired 100% of 500PX, INC. (500px) shares through its wholly-owned subsidiary, VCG Hong Kong LTD.

500px is one of the leading online visual creative communities in the world, founded in 2009 and based in Toronto, Canada. With more than 13 million professional and hobbyist photographers from over 195 countries and regions, the 500px community has produced over 120 million unique images diversity and creative trend. 500px is renowned globally for its community, image licensing, and custom photography.

In July 2015, VCG participated in 500px’s global expansion as a strategic investor, signing on as the exclusive distributor of 500px’s visual content in Greater China. In November 2015, VCG and 500px jointly-launched, a localized community for professional and hobbyist photographers in China. The iOS and Android mobile apps were successfully launched in February 2016. In the past two years, both teams have worked in close collaboration on product, technology, marketing, and business development. Today, photographers, visual contents, and social interactions are accessible in both communities for a seamless user experience, and multiple collaborative projects have been successfully executed to serve brand customers around the world.

This acquisition is another key milestone in VCG’s continued strategic development in the global imagery industry, and further investment in an already-successful partnership. VCG will strengthen its position by leveraging 500px’s premium content and world-class photographer network, while 500px will improve its service to both its community members and international brand enterprises by leveraging VCG’s years of online operational experience, technology expertise, client resources, and deep global partnerships.

Amy Jun Liang, Chief Executive Officer of VCG said: “We are excited that 500px, a world-renowned photography community, will become part of the VCG family. This is the next important move in VCG’s globalization strategy, following the acquisition of Corbis in 2016. Through the acquisition of 500px, VCG will be able to expand its role in the global content ecosystem. By combining resources in content creation, distribution channels, product and technology across the two parties, VCG will be even better equipped to produce and distribute professionally-generated content (PGC) to meet customer’s needs.”

Jeff Jordan, partner of Andreessen Horowitz, a well-known venture capital firm and one of the initial 500px investors, said: “I’m thrilled that 500px is officially joining Visual China Group, which is among the top players in the global imagery industry. The two companies are a great fit, combining VCG’s deep experience in the imagery industry with 500px’s global photographer network. I’m confident VCG and 500px will continue to drive product innovation and apply big data, artificial intelligence and blockchain technology to better serve our community members and enterprise customers around the world.”

After the acquisition, both companies will provide more professional SaaS (Software as a Service) services to visual creatives around the world, including those relating to big data, AI, and trusted timestamping technologies. Both VCG and 500px will continue to develop digital copyright services, including registration, transaction, traceability, protection, and artistic content collection. Furthermore, VCG will leverage its strengths in the imagery industry and professional communities to accelerate the growth of 500px’s community, visual content licensing and custom photography services.

About Visual China Group

Visual China Group, a public company in China (stock code 000681), is among the top image licensing companies in the world. It is the go-to choice for creative and media professionals in China, and an award-winning leader in copyright protection. Beginning with its strategic investment in 500px in 2014 and the acquisition of Corbis in 2016, VCG, together with its global strategic partner, aims to develop a global photography ecosystem focusing on visual content creation and monetization to better serve photographers, as well as creative and media professionals around the world.

About 500px

500px is one of the leading online visual creative communities in the world, founded in 2009 and based in Canada. With professional and hobbyist photographers around the world, the 500px community has produced unique images diversity and creative trend. 500px is renowned globally for its community, image licensing, and custom photography. Recently, 500px was named one of the 10 best apps for independent travelers by The Guardian, and recognized as one of Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50. 500px has worked with world-class global brands like Google, Sony, Airbnb and Lonely Planet.

Press Contact:

Company: VCG
Name: Zhang Yang
Phone: +86-010-57950314

Company: 500px
Name: Stephanie Newell
Phone: +1-855-561-4584

SOURCE Visual China Group

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!




Gado Images Highlights African American History Images for Black History Month




Gado Images is a San Francisco based company that works with archives worldwide to help them digitize and monetize their visual history. Our partner collections include Johns Hopkins University, the Afro American Newspapers, Silicon Valley Historical Association, and Stuart Lutz Historic Documents. Through partnerships with leading media organizations including Getty Images, Alamy, and Universal Images Group, we distribute our archives’ content to twenty-plus marketplaces around the world.

In celebration of Black History Month, Gado Images’ research staff handpicked some of our best archival and contemporary editorial content providing extensive coverage of African American History topics. Our images cover topics ranging from pre-history through slavery and the Civil War, into the civil rights movement, African-American artists and entertainers of the 20th century, all the way up to modern movements like Black Lives Matter.

The images come from some of the top African American History archives worldwide. Specific collections include more than 11,000 images from the Afro American Newspapers, as well as more than 600 portraits of African-American life at the turn of the century from Johns Hopkins University, entertainment images from the Clarence Gatson collection, and a variety of materials from our Smith Collection. We also have a small but important collection of footage documenting African-American life since the 1950s.

Gado Images has gathered a unique gallery inspired by the recent film Hidden Figures, documenting African Americans in STEM fields, from George Washington Carver to the present day. You can see all our images of African-Americans in STEM fields here:

In addition to our African American History content, Gado Images has unique materials from a variety of partners, as well as our own archive in San Francisco. Our collections have strong coverage of science, medicine and technology, 20th century Americana, and the Vietnam War. Our staff is available to field research requests, and we can generally turn around requests in as little as 24 hours. If we don’t have a particular artifact in one of our collections, we can often even acquire the artifact for a request, digitize it at our lab in San Francisco, and have imagery available within one week. All of our research services are free of charge.


For specific research requests for Black History Month and beyond, please don’t hesitate to contact us at

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