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Copyright Law Rejected in EU Vote

A controversial bill in the EU seeking a rewrite of Europe’s copyright laws giving creators more power to restrict how their content is distributed has been rejected by lawmakers.  The vote was 318 against the legislation, known as The Copyright Directive, while 278 voted in favor, and 31 abstained, taking the reforms back to the drawing board.

The reforms to the law had two elements deemed particularly controversial by critics, Article 11 and Article 13.

Article 11, also called “link tax,” would force internet giants such as YouTube, Google, and Facebook to pay for using news snippets from publishers on their platforms.

Perhaps most contested is Article 13, which would require companies to monitor all content uploaded online to their platform to check it for copyright infringement. Critics said this could lead to the removal of internet memes, which often use copyrighted images.

The New York Times has a comprehensive article about the bill here.

 

Tech Giants Win a Battle Over Copyright Rules in Europe

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European Parliament lawmakers rejected a bill backed by news outlets and music publishers to restrict the use of their content on platforms like YouTube and Facebook.Frederick Florin/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

 

It’s a fight nearly as old as the internet.

On one side are news organizations, broadcasters and music companies that want to control how their content spreads across the web, and to be paid more for it. On the other are tech companies such as Facebook and Google, which argue that they funnel viewers and advertising revenue to media outlets, and free-speech advocates, who say that regulating the internet would set a dangerous precedent and limit access to information.

That battle flared up in Europe on Thursday. Two powerful industries faced off — technology against media, platforms against publishers — in an unusually aggressive lobbying campaign in the European Parliament over a bill that would impose some of the world’s strictest copyright laws, which would have required tech companies to filter out unlicensed content and pay for its use.

On this occasion, tech prevailed; the proposal was voted down.

The decision came amid broader efforts in Brussels to rein in tech giants. European regulators have already brought in tough new privacy rules, and are considering enhancing them. They have hit Silicon Valley companies with hefty antitrust fines, and are investigating them over their tax practices and handling of data. And like elsewhere in the world, they are increasingly skeptical of the argument made by internet companies that they are simply impartial platforms that cannot be held responsible for what is posted on their pages.

“Making content available on the internet does not come without responsibility,” said Eleonora Rosati, an associate professor on intellectual property law at the University of Southampton’s law school in England, who has been tracking the bill. “Rights holders want to control how their content is made available, shared and indexed.”

But after a well-coordinated effort by companies including Facebook, Google, Reddit and Wikipedia, as well as a grass-roots campaign by backers of an open internet, the European Parliament on Thursday rejected the proposed copyright law. Though lawmakers can still revise the bill and call another vote, the result is a blow to media companies that had believed that, if ever there was a good time to impose tougher rules on tech giants, this was it.

Media businesses like Axel Springer of Germany have become frustrated because even as their content has spread online, it is platforms like YouTube, owned by Google, and Facebook that have grown into advertising powerhouses on the back of the material.

Those media companies have been seeking a rewrite of Europe’s copyright laws that would give them more power to restrict how their content is distributed. They also cited concerns that Silicon Valley was not playing a strong enough gatekeeper role when it came to curtailing hate speech, violent extremism and fake news.

Supporters of the bill argued that stricter copyright laws would give content creators more leverage against internet behemoths such as Google. Publishers have long complained that such companies profit from the work of others.

“The real issue is Google’s market power,” said Lionel Bently, a law professor at the University of Cambridge who focuses on copyright. “The content industry feels it can’t negotiate on a level playing field.”

Influential policymakers in Brussels such as the president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, have seemed receptive to such arguments. A proposal was put forward to require websites to use filtering technology to block unlicensed content from being posted and to obligate them to pay fees for news articles and other material posted online.

The proposed rules would have added up to a sweeping change to copyright law.

Operators of websites have long been protected from liability when unlicensed content is posted by a user. Instead, they are required only to remove infringing material once it is brought to their attention. In effect, if someone posts a movie clip on YouTube, or shares the text of an article on Reddit, those websites are not held legally liable.

The new European proposals would put more responsibility on website owners, creating a potentially costly problem for sites that depend on user-generated material.

The most contentious provision of the plans would require websites to use filtering software to screen such content before it was posted. YouTube already has a system to weed out unlicensed material, but the European rules would have gone further by requiring others to use similar tools. Another requirement, favored by book and news publishers, would prevent websites from using pieces of their content without authorization.

Critics of the bill argued that it would lead to many unforeseen consequences, warning that it could even affect satirical content or the use of images in internet memes. They said it would restrict what was available online, and some described a provision requiring permission before websites used publishers’ content as a “link tax.”

“There’s no way that those algorithmic filters are going to be able to decide that something is fair use, parody, a meme or a mash-up,” said Danny O’Brien, international director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital rights nonprofit group that opposed the bill.

In defeating the proposal, the technology industry showed that it still held considerable influence, even as it has faced widespread criticism over privacy violations, the spread of misinformation, accusations of anticompetitive business practices and concerns about smartphone overuse.

The coalition against the proposal that came together over the past month was similar to defenders of net neutrality in the United States, a mix of corporate giants and open internet activists. They said the copyright bill would limit the access to information and would overburden operators of websites, especially those without the resources of an American tech giant, with the costly task of screening user-generated content before posting it.

Wikipedia blocked access to articles on its site in many European countries and encouraged its users to call on their representatives in the European Parliament to vote against the proposal. Scientists credited with creating the internet sent a letter urging that it be rejected. Even David Kaye, the United Nations rapporteur on the protection of freedom of expression, raised concerns.

Wikipedia said on its website that the measure “threatens online freedom and creates obstacles to accessing the web, imposing new barriers, filters and restrictions.”

Lobbying ahead of the vote was “extraordinary, something we don’t experience on a normal basis here in the Parliament,” said Umberto Gambini, a senior aide to Ramon Tremosa, a Spanish member of the European Parliament.

Mr. Gambini said he had received hundreds of messages from individuals and organizations attempting to win Mr. Tremosa’s support. There was one from a Polish business group, he said, another from an artists’ organization, and others still from news publishers and associations representing tech companies.

He added that one message had come from the musician Paul McCartney, who wrote to members of the European Parliament in support of the tighter copyright rules.

But Mr. McCartney’s efforts were in vain: Mr. Tremosa ultimately opposed the bill.

AMAZON VP TO OPEN LICENSING EXPO

You’re invited to attend Licensing Expo 2018!

The landscape of commerce and customer expectations is rapidly changing. Nicholas Denissen, Vice President, Amazon, will deliver the opening keynote address at Licensing Expo 2018, speaking to how brands can grow their business online and what Amazon is doing to enable them. Nick, and panelists from industry leaders working with Merch by Amazon will discuss how they are capitalizing on e-commerce and reshaping their businesses to better anticipate customer appetite for unique content and larger selection.

 

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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 cathy@digitalmedialicensing.org as soon as possible with your suggestions.
All the best,
Ophelia Chong, Stock Pot Images
DMLA Program Chair

SAVE THE DATE: DMLA 2018 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

The DMLA Executive Board is pleased to announce that the 2018 Annual Conference will be held on October 21-23, 2018 at the Marriott Marina Del Rey Hotel in beautiful Marina Del Rey, California.  The hotel is walking distance to Venice Beach (a quick 10 minutes) and a short drive to Santa Monica Beach.

We’re excited to bring the conference to some California sunshine and to look at the future of licensing content in streaming online shows and television.  With companies like Buzzfeed, Hulu, Amazon and Snapchat located on the west coast, we’re looking to have some lively sessions.

Mark your calendars and look for more information to follow.

 

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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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