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DMLA 2017 Conference is Another Big Success

I’ve just returned home from New York and I’m feeling so grateful for your participation in this year’s DMLA Annual Conference.  Our attendance was greater than last years and I trust that you were happy to be back in Manhattan!

The conference survey has been distributed and I hope you take the time to give us your feedback on this year’s event.  Your comments are so important as we begin to prepare for next year’s meeting in Los Angeles, California.  With all the exciting new things on the West Coast in terms of media and usage we are very excited to bring DMLA out west!

First I want to give recognition to all the wonderful speakers, moderators and panelists who made the conference so compelling.

As all of you know, lots of work goes into putting on an event like the DMLA 2017 Conference and we are so privileged to work with so many talented people.  To our Program Committee led by Ophelia Chong (Stock Pot Images), Doug Dawirs (DMLA Tech Advisor), Rick Gell (Consultant), Paul Melcher (Melcher Systems), James Oh (Adobe), Andrew Rowat (Haystack), Julie Sloane (Science Source) and Sonia Wasco (Grant Heilman Photography) a huge thank you for putting together such a diverse and interesting program.

A huge thank you to Doug Dawirs for working so tirelessly both days on the AV for the sessions and making sure that everything flowed so well. And an extra thank-you to Ophelia for her design of the conference logo and the new fold-up program that I believe everyone really enjoyed having right in your name badge holder this year!!

A special thank you to Geoff Cannon, our DMLA President, for his support and guidance and to our Treasurer Chris Carey and Past President Sonia for all their extra help.

It’s almost impossible to put on a conference without the assistance of our sponsors to help with the costs and we are so grateful for their generosity.  Adobe stepped up again with the Platinum Sponsorship and provided the wonderful conference bags, the delightful opening reception and provided us with a great session.  Silver Sponsor Capture’s DMLA LIVE DAM 2017 gave everyone easy access to find people for meetings and they also sponsored the great notebooks everyone was using to take notes!  I hope you’ve checked out the site (https://dmla.capture.co.uk) since the conference to see all the great live images!

Thanks also to Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams and Sheppards (CDAS) for sponsoring the lanyards.  To Clarifai, attending their first DMLA Conference, thanks for stepping up and sponsoring our Monday night cocktails!  Our printing was coordinated once again by Grant Heilman Photography and KeyIndia provided us with a wonderful masseuse that I hope you enjoyed.  Additional kudos to ImageRights who sponsored the photo booth at the cocktail parties (such fun) and the covered coffee cups during the day.

It was really nice this year to include more motion in our sessions and we thank both FOCAL and ACSIL for their participation and sponsorship.

And to our photographers Bjorn Bolinder (for the conference) and Jamie Ellington (for the receptions) who donated their excellent skills to our cause we are so very thankful.

And to Andrea Stern and Mary Egan from MOCA who helped me secure the sponsorships and provide all-around support for this event, a big hug and thanks!  They also have reviewed all the sessions and we will have those reviews up on the DMLA website ASAP.

Our photographers Bjorn Bolinder (for the conference) and Jamie Ellington (for the receptions) donated their excellent skills to our cause, many thanks!

Again, thanks to each of you for your support of DMLA and the conference.  I look forward to hearing your thoughts and suggestions.

If you would like to be involved in next year’s conference planning, please contact me.  cathy@digitalmedialicensing.org.    Looking forward to seeing everyone next year!

 

 

Capture unveils new front-end WordPress technology at DMLA 2017

Capture is proud to be showcasing its new front-end Capture WEBSITE 3 technology – the window to your assets which forefronts audience engagement – at the DMLA 2017 conference in New York on October 22-24.

This represents a new dawn for Capture’s product range because for the first time, instead of the look and feel of our front-end being controlled by Capture’s proprietary content editor, the Content Management System (CMS) will use WordPress.

Other features include easy drag-and-drop upload – that can handle anything from crowd-sourcing to sophisticated controlled contributor editing and ingest of content and metadata – as well as end-user tagging of assets. Highly-collaborative lightboxes make for powerful and intuitive research tools. The system handles all types of content, including video (which plays on hover), audio and multiple-page pdfs.

The exceptional user interfaces have been worked on by Capture’s artistic director, who is an expert in modern user journeys, and Capture’s front-end design team.

This will give an unparalleled combination of all the power of Capture’s Digital Asset Management (DAM), business and e-commerce platform, with the immense flexibility and responsiveness of WordPress.

For existing users, all the great functionality of Capture WEBSITE 2 will be carried forward in beautifully designed, fully responsive interfaces that will function on all devices, including mobiles, tablets and laptops, in an easy upgrade process.

For new users, all Capture systems can be rolled out quickly and cost-effectively through our automated tech platform.

 

Abbie Enock, Capture CEO, said: “Capture WEBSITE 3 provides a terrific shop-window for stunning content – and complements perfectly the LIVE EVENTS workflow that is being showcased at DMLA to handle the conference media assets. The WordPress platform will give people the flexibility and extensibility they are looking for in this ever-changing technical world. Augmented with our ROYALTIES, FINANCE and LICENSING products it provides a compelling experience for your clients – and a streamlined and efficient environment for your staff.”

Key features include:

  • All-new design and UX – WordPress platform; standards compliant; SIMPLICITY.
  • Completely responsive – will work on any device.
  • Completely scalable – no barriers to numbers.
  • Completely extensible – modular, self-serve, flexible tech options.
  • Real-time indexing – lightning fast search.
  • Ability to aggregate content across all sites – one-hit search / approved source control.
  • Promotional and upselling features – to help creators/sellers be successful.
  • Amazon-style easy licensing process – so easy to buy, buyers use it.
  • Broader extensible functionality – WordPress plugins.
  • Audience participation.
  • Uniquely powerful combination of Capture DAM and business platform, combined with design flexibility of WordPress.

DMLA 2017 is being held at The New Yorker, Manhattan, 481 8th Ave & 34th St, New York, NY 10001 from October 22nd to October 24th, 2017.

About Capture Ltd

Capture is a leader in enterprise-grade media management systems and services that include instant content delivery from live events, rights, licensing, metadata, finance and royalties. For more information please see www.capture.co.uk or email welcome@capture.co.uk.

Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2017

DMLA is happy to announce our support for the bill by Representative Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) to create a small claims court within the Copyright Office.  The bill, H.R. 3945,  entitled, the “Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2017” (the “CASE Act”) is also cosponsored by Representatives Tom Marino (R-PA), Lamar Smith (R-TX), Doug Collins (R-GA), Judy Chu (D-CA) and Ted Lieu (DCA).

Here are links to the press release issued by Rep. Jeffries and his colleagues yesterday announcing the introduction of the bill, a press release issued by DMLA and several other visual artist organizations praising the introduction of the legislation, and the bill, H.R. 3945.

 

 

Webinar: “Social Media Strategy in the Consumer Revolution!”

WEBINAR
**Please note:  This will our last free webinar available to non-DMLA members

Social Media Strategy in the Consumer Revolution!

When: Wednesday, September 20, 1 PM Eastern

The impact of social media on today’s businesses can’t be overstated. Social media is one part disruptive technology, one part communication channel.   However, understanding why and how to use social media to the benefit of your business can be tricky.  Join us for this webinar that will address core concepts for building a social media strategy; engagement, social planning, framing the conversation, metrics and much, much more.

Our Guest Speaker:  Keith Quesenberry, Author, Professor and Social Media Expert

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Keith Quesenberry is an author, advertising executive, teacher and social media expert.  He is the author of Social Media Strategy: Marketing and Advertising in the Consumer Revolution which one reviewer compared to the legendary Ogilvy on Advertising for being well written, personable and drawing interesting and timeless parallels. Quesenberry spent 17 years in the marketing and advertising business as an associate creative director and copywriter at ad agencies such as BBDO and Arnold Worldwide.  He has worked with Fortune 500 brands like Delta Airlines, Exxon Mobile, PNC, Campbell’s and Hershey. 

In addition, Quesenberry is a contributing author to Harvard Business Review, Entrepreneur, Time, and Social Media Examiner. His articles have been recognized as Top 40 Content Marketing and Top 5 Visual Marketing articles of the year, Five Most Viral Marketing Posts from the Pros, and two were featured on the Harvard Business Review Weekly Hot List. He’s made marketing expert appearances on MSNBC TV, NPR, and been quoted in Harvard Business Review, the New York Times, the New Yorker, Entrepreneur, the International Business Times, Forbes, MS Money, MSN, Fox News, Fox Business, Variety, Yahoo News and AFP stories around the world.  

Quesenberry is an assistant marketing professor, researcher and consultant. He teaches in the undergraduate marketing program and graduate MBA program at Messiah college and the graduate IMC program at West Virginia University. He also previously taught at Johns Hopkins and Temple Universities. He holds a bachelors degree in Advertising and Journalism, is a graduate of the advertising school Portfolio Center and has a master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communication.

Twitter: @Kquesen
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kquesen1@mix.wvu.edu
Social Media Strategy Book
bit.ly/QuesenberrySM

Our Moderator: Leslie Hughes, CEO, iSPY Visuals, Strategic Advisor, VisualSteam

Leslie Hughes career bridges creativity, content and technology.  Hughes founded and launched iSPY Visuals in 2016, a search aggregation tool for creative professionals, which is quickly growing into the starting place for clients searching for visual content.  She remains a strategic advisor to VisualSteam which focuses on digital marketing services to help companies grow.  Hughes has a long history in stock photography having been President of Corbis Images during its heyday, having been Group CEO of ImageState, and having run worldwide sales for The Image Bank.  Hughes is currently a member of the Board of Directors of DMLA and Chair of this Webinar Series

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http://ispyvisuals.com

Please RSVP to info@visualsteam.com with a “Yes” or “No”

Adobe Connect

https://dmla.adobeconnect.com/r3y7a4qoycp

at 1 PM EST on September 20
select “enter as guest” and provide your name then click “enter room”

Please mute the microphone at the top.

To connect by phone dial…

855.870.5454 (toll free)
or
408.773.6768 (international)

Conference code: 163 631 9537

If you’ve not used Adobe Connect previously, we suggest logging into the session a few minutes before the start to download and configure the neccesary software.

A big thank you to Adobe for providing this service for our webinars

View our previous webinars athttp://digitalmedialicensing.org/video-library.shtml

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DMLA is a unique community of visual media licensing professionals who share a common goal, building a stronger and more profitable industry.

For more information contact Cathy Aron, DMLA Executive Director, cathy@digitalmedialicensing.org

Copyright Alliance Welcomes DMLA

DMLA is pleased to become the latest member of the Copyright Alliance and to work with their team and with fellow members to continue promoting and protecting the interests of the media licensing community.  You can read the press release sent out by the Alliance here.

Copyright Alliance Welcomes Digital Media Licensing Association (DMLA) as its Newest Member

 

Washington, D.C. – The Copyright Alliance, which represents the copyright interests of over 1.8 million individual creators and over 13,000 organizations across the spectrum of copyright disciplines, announced the addition of Digital Media Licensing Association (DMLA) as its newest member.

Headquartered in Chandler, AZ, DMLA was established in 1951 by a core group of New York stock photo agencies concerned about the protection of original transparencies. Today DMLA hosts an annual conference, quarterly webinars and industry networking, actively develops business standards, promotes ethical business practices, and advocates for copyright protections on behalf of its members, which encompass more than 100 digital content licensing companies.

According to DMLA Executive Director Cathy Aron, “We’re pleased to join the Copyright Alliance, and look forward to working with their team and with fellow members to continue promoting and protecting the interests of the media licensing community through copyright advocacy, education and communication.”

Added DMLA Counsel Nancy Wolff, “We’re happy to be working with the Copyright Alliance to ensure that our community of visual media licensing professionals have the greatest copyright protections and enforcements for their businesses.”

According to Copyright Alliance CEO Keith Kupferschmid, “We are thrilled to welcome DMLA to our membership. Their team works diligently to advocate on behalf of visual media professionals. And we look forward to assisting them in actively protecting the rights of their stakeholders on critical copyright matters.”

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ABOUT THE COPYRIGHT ALLIANCE The Copyright Alliance is a non-profit, non-partisan public interest and educational organization representing the copyright interests of over 1.7 million individual creators and over 13,000 organizations in the United States, across the spectrum of copyright disciplines. The Copyright Alliance is dedicated to advocating policies that promote and preserve the value of copyright, and to protecting the rights of creators and innovators. For more information, please visit www.copyrightalliance.org.

DMLA Signs on to Letter to Ambassador Lighthizer re: NAFTA

August 16, 2017

Dear Ambassador Lighthizer,

The undersigned groups represent the interests of a diverse group of small and medium businesses (SMEs) and individual creators in the creative fields. What unites us is a reliance on meaningful and effective copyright laws. Together, the core copyright industries contribute over $1.2 trillion to U.S. GDP, employ 5.5 million workers, and contribute a positive trade balance—and SMEs and individual creators make up a significant part of these industries.

The internet’s global reach has made copyright protections and enforcement increasingly important to free trade agreements. The small and medium businesses we represent are often on the forefront of exploring new models for making creative works available on a global scale. Widespread copyright infringement and unduly broad limitations to copyright protection distort overseas markets and undermine the ability of our members to successfully and fairly engage in commerce.

The effort to renegotiate NAFTA provides an opportunity to modernize the copyright provisions of the agreement for the digital age and establish a template for future agreements. We urge you to look beyond the failed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and to seek the highest standard of protection for businesses and creators that rely on strong copyright to compete successfully overseas.

Specific priorities for small and medium enterprises, as well as individual creators, include the following:

Strong and meaningful copyright protection and enforcement. The agreement should recognize the full scope of copyright rights, including making available, and remedies such as injunctive relief and statutory damages.

Effective enforcement provisions. Trade agreements are critical to fostering legitimate online marketplaces. A modernized NAFTA should respond to the challenges facing creators by including provisions to ensure effective enforcement and requiring legal protections for technological protection measures and rights management information.

Appropriate limitations and exceptions. NAFTA should reinforce the “three step” test for limitations and exceptions that has been the international standard for decades. The three-step test strikes the appropriate balance in copyright, and any language mandating broader exceptions and limitations only serves as a vehicle to introduce uncertainty into copyright law, distort markets and weaken the rights of the small and medium businesses and creators we represent. For that reason, we strongly urge USTR to not include “balance” language similar to what appeared in the TPP or any reference to vague, open-ended limitations.

Incentives for service providers to cooperate with copyright owners in addressing online infringement. Few SMEs have the means to devote resources to policing online infringement, and we therefore rely on service providers taking reasonable steps to minimize piracy that occurs on their platforms. To promote incentives for service providers to cooperate with copyright owners to address online infringement, the copyright provisions in NAFTA should establish appropriate standards for intermediary liability as well as appropriate safe harbor protections for intermediaries. We urge negotiators to provide for safe harbor protections in broader terms than how they’ve appeared in recent trade agreements. Congress and the U.S. Copyright Office are currently reviewing U.S. copyright law, and we want to make sure lawmakers have the flexibility to address shortcomings in domestic safe harbor provisions.

We thank you for your consideration of our priorities and look forward to working with you further as negotiations progress.

Sincerely,

American Association of Independent Music
American Photographic Artists
American Society of Journalists and Authors
American Society of Media Photographers
Artists Rights Society
Association of Independent Music Publishers
Authors Guild
Church Music Publishers’ Association – Action Fund
Digital Media Licensing Association
Graphic Artists Guild
Nashville Songwriters Association International
National Press Photographers Association
Recording Academy
SAG-AFTRA
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
Songwriters Guild of America
Songwriters of North America
Textbook & Academic Authors Association
Western Writers of America

DMLA Goes To DC

Last Thursday, July 20th, Nancy Wolff, DMLA Counsel,  joined with the coalition of visual artists associations in meetings with staffers and representatives to show support for copyright small claims legislation. Association leaders and attorneys from Professional Photographers of America, (“PPA”) American Society of Media Photographers, (“ASMP”) Nation Press Photographers of America (“NPPA”), American Photographic Artists (APA) and Graphic Artist Guild (“GAG”) all were present to show unity and that Visual Artists spoke with a single voice. PPA’s lobbyist Cindi Merifield set up meetings.

After early morning prep, the team first met with Sally Rose Larsen working with Congressman Doug Collins (R-GA-09) who personally introduced himself to the group at the end of the meeting. Next was Chris Randle of Congressman Hakeem Jeffries’ (D-NY-08) office that has been working on a Small Claims bill to be introduced shortly.

After lunch, there was a meeting with Curtis Philp of Chairman Lamar Smith’s (R-TX-21) office. Last, was a marathon meeting with Joe Keeley, Chairman Goodlatte’s office that included Jason Everett and David Greengrass, working for Ranking Member Conyers. This last meeting was significant as it gave the coalition an opportunity to review key issues as Goodlatte has been behind Congress’s review of the copyright Act and copyright office modernization and is planning to introduce a Copyright bill covering several areas of interest including small claims this year.

The overall impression was that the meetings were very productive and important in keeping the interests of the visual artists community in the mind of the representatives.

We will keep you posted as legislation progresses.

SmartFrame, New DMLA Corporate Sponsor, Asks if Technology can Fight Technology

The biggest discussions and debates at the recent CEPIC Congress where centred around Google and our industrys efforts to overcome its dominance on search, and the negative impact it’s having on our on-line licensing and copyright preservation. We also explored emerging revenue opportunities and what the future holds for our industry.

Conversations naturally focussed on legal and lobbying efforts made by industry bodies such as CEPIC, DMLA and BVPA in this area, but we also wanted to highlight to members an emerging technology solution called the SmartFrame, that solves many of the issues discussed in our seminars. Read the entire article here.

DMLA Joins Opposition to NY State Right of Publicity Bill

DMLA recently joined many stakeholders in an urgent last minute push to oppose an amendment to New York State’s right of privacy statute, converting it to a right of publicity (Assembly Bill A08155 and Senate 5857-A) that would have granted a broad and ambiguous descendible right of publicity to anyone for 40 years after death, regardless of whether the person was domiciled in New York.

The media was particularly concerned as it looked like this bill had potential to pass before the end of the legislative session last week and the language would have had a severe impact on many forms of expressive speech, including the display and sale of prints and the licensing of photographs, video and other forms of visual art. DMLA prepared a memorandum in opposition and together with many law professors, media associations and individual companies (such as Getty Images and Shutterstock) signed on to full page advertisement published in the Albany newspaper urging the legislature to reject the bill as an attack on the First Amendment DMLA, and member Getty Images joined the lobbying efforts of the New York New Publishers Association and hired their lobbyist to work on this slowing down this bill. Last Tuesday Nancy Wolff, joined by Terry Byford and Eric Rachlis of Getty Images, joined other stakeholders at the State House in Albany New York to ask the legislature to slow the bill down right and get it right so it won’t hurt photographers, image library, and the media companies, many of whom are in New York, who use their services.

In the end the legislature in both houses did not bring the bill to the floor to vote before the end of session last week but its sponsors made it clear that they want to work with stakeholders to create an acceptable descendible right of publicity bill to be voted on in the near future.

Our thanks to Getty Images for hiring a lobbyist to work on this legislation in New York which permitted DMLA to be represented by a lobbyist as well. If any other members would be able to contribute to this lobbying effort and share the costs, please contact Nancy Wolff for further information.

DMLA plans to continue to be involved in any legislation that deprives a photographers or film owner’s right to display their property and copyright interest in their still and motion images.

You can see the other papers submitted here and here.