Category Archives: Industry News

Hearing for CASE Act: Capitol Hill, September 27th

The House Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing on the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act on Thursday, September 27th at 2:00pmET (Room 2141 in the Rayburn House Office Building).

Rayburn House Office Building Address45 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20515/
Nearest Metro Stop: Capitol South on Blue/Orange/Silver Lines Nearest Train StationUnion Station

Expected witnesses are as follows:

  • Ms. Jenna Close, P2 Photography
  • Mr. Keith Kupferschmid, Copyright Alliance
  • Mr. Matthew Schruers, Computer and Communications Industry Association
  • Mr. David Trust, Professional Photographers of America
  • TBD, Internet Association

DMLA encourages members to show their support of the CASE Act by joining with other visual creator organizations on Capitol Hill in show of unity for the proposed small claims tribunal before the House Judiciary Committee.  The Copyright Alliance will be passing out T-shirts to all in support of our cause.

We will be posting more information as it becomes available, but if you are in the area, please plan to show your support!

 

 

Shocking, Sad News

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Scott Braut who was the Head of Content at Adobe.  He was only 46 years old.

Scott had over 20 years of combined experience in visual content, product development, eCommerce, and digital media. He previously served as Shutterstock’s VP of Content, Senior Product Manager at ABCNEWS.com, Senior Director of Products at Digital Railroad, the National Desk Supervisor for the Associated Press. In addition, he has held many independent roles in business development, content development and licensing, servicing publishers and content providers such as Corbis, Scholastic, Harcourt, Forbes Custom Media, Mary Ellen Mark Studio and Photo District News.

A wake for Scott will be held on Thursday, September 13, 2018 from 2-4 p.m. and from 7-9 p.m. at Wanamaker & Carlough Funeral Home, 177 NY-59, Suffern, NY 10901.

We will post more information as it becomes available.  Our condolences to Scott’s immediate family and to his Adobe family.  He will be truly missed.

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IMAGERIGHTS BOOSTS OPERATIONS TO TACKLE COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT IN GERMANY

 

ImageRights International Inc., the world’s leading copyright enforcement service, intensified its image search and copyright enforcement operations in Germany to drive value for its global photographer and photo agency client base.  ImageRights-developed artificial intelligence (AI), combined with its proprietary web search and image analysis algorithms, has enabled the company to analyze millions of German web domains to determine if an image use could be pursued for copyright enforcement purposes.

“Our clients have been asking us to strengthen our coverage in Germany due to the inability of existing technologies to locate the many unauthorized uses of their content that they see happening.  In response, we made the major investment necessary to ramp up our German operations in terms of both image search infrastructure and copyright enforcement capabilities,” explained Joe Naylor, President and CEO of ImageRights.

ImageRights’ most recent pool of web search servers was deployed in a biometrically secured German data center with redundant 10 Gbit/s fiber connections. As a result of the latest improvements, ImageRights is now finding and analyzing on average more than 77,000 new German sightings every day.  When clients access their ImageRights dashboard, they will see that the ImageRights AI has already filtered, sorted and ranked the sightings in terms of potential claim value, generating massive time savings for them.

“ImageRights is a reputable company that is known for a high level of integrity” said Marc Hügel, Partner at Munich-based law firm Waldorf Frommer Rechtsanwälte GbR. “As our firm is highly specialized in enforcing copyright claims for clients from all creative industries, we are looking forward to representing ImageRights and its clients and are ready to tackle the surge in copyright infringement claims.”

 

Copyright Office Fee Increase Survey

Dear DMLA Members and Friends of DMLA:

The U.S. Copyright Office has released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking announcing fee increases for copyright registration and other services. The proposed fee increases are based on a Study Report released by the U.S. Copyright office. Fee increases for services will be implemented as the U.S. Copyright Office moves forward with their plans for IT modernization.

Visual creators’ professional organizations and advocates are concerned about how these fee increases will affect visual creators, licensing agents, and related professionals. We will be submitting a Comment Letter to the U.S. Copyright Office about the proposed fee increases. We have created a survey to gather information and feedback from creators who will be impacted by registration fee increases. We will be submitting the survey results to the Copyright Office. The survey is completely anonymous.

We need your help by taking 15 minutes for a short survey. The survey is anonymous and all responses are confidential. We will use this data to support our response to proposed changes in U.S. copyright registration.

The survey will close at midnight on September 7, 2018.

 2018 Copyright Office Proposed Registration Fee Increase survey LINK https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GGV59XY

Survey link for social media https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WY67XHK

Please pass this along to other artists, photographers, and related professionals you know and urge them to take the survey, too!

Sincerely,

The Coalition of Visual Artists:

American Photographic Artists

American Society of Media Photographers

Digital Media Licensing Association

Graphic Artists Guild

National Press Photographers Association

North American Nature Photography Association

Professional Photographers of America

PLUS Coalition

American Society for Collective Rights Licensing

Eugene Mopsik

Shaftel & Schmelzer

SMARTFRAME ANNOUNCES NEW GROWTH

 

SmartFrame has developed a revolutionary, patent-pending new image format for the internet that seeks to redefine and become the ubiquitous digital image standard. Having spent 5 years developing the technology and building the infrastructure to support exponential growth, SmartFrame is now seeing the technology being adopted by photographers, picture agencies, publishers and brands globally and is on target to having over 1 billion SmartFrames on the Internet in the next 4 years.

Read the entire article here

SUBSTANTIAL GROWTH FOR SMARTFRAME TECHNOLOGIES LTD

 

 

“SmartFrame has developed a revolutionary, patent-pending new image format for the
internet that seeks to redefine and become the ubiquitous digital image standard.”

Having spent 5 years developing the technology and building the infrastructure to support
exponential growth, SmartFrame is now seeing the technology being adopted by photographers, picture agencies, publishers and brands globally and is on target to having over
1 billion SmartFrames on the Internet in the next 4 years.

SmartFrame provides its users with unprecedented protection of their digital assets, persistent attribution, world class pixel-perfect presentation, audience engagement through custom overlays and calls to action, controlled sharing tools and full tracking and analytics data, whilst also providing the ability to update their SmartFrame’s dynamically and retrospectively, leaving them in full control at all times. SmartFrame have also developed in-image advertising options allowing it’s users to either set campaigns for their own in-house marketing and advertising purposes wherever they are displayed on the Internet, or opt in for SmartFrame to monetize their content for them via their programmatic advertising functionality.

SmartFrame is an embeddable format and as simple as embedding a YouTube video, Imagine your image content going viral and getting paid every time your image is viewed!

SmartFrame is proud to announce the closing of a further £1.5m funding round, and a
number of exciting new appointments and developments.

SmartFrame is delighted to announce they are completing a further £1.5m round of funding, bringing a total of £4.3m of investment into the business to date. The funding has been secured from some of the UK’s most prominent business leaders and angel investors.

In addition to the funding raised, existing shareholder James Rutherford, Head of European Equities at Hermes SourceCap has been appointed as Chairman of the Board.

The SmartFrame executive team in London has also expanded to include; Rob Staunton as Global Director of Programmatic Advertising, Phil Nott as Sales Director and Cayle McNair as Marketing Manager. In addition SmartFrame’s Berlin office have welcomed Product Manager, Alexander Gloeckner to the team. The company is currently counting 23 full-time staff across London, Berlin and Krakow with additional recruitment underway.

September will see the company launch their new self-service platform with a Freemium subscription plan, along with a number of easy integration tools and plugins to follow, supporting mass adoption of the format to the wider internet, and underpinning SmartFrame’s mission: “ to redefine the digital image standard ”.

Finally, SmartFrame will be present at several International events this year. Up next, the team will be exhibiting at the Digital Marketing World Forum (DMWF) in Amsterdam. They will also be at the London eCommerce Expo exhibiting in the Innovation section. They are a proud sponsor and will be presenting at this year’s BAPLA Focus in London. In October, SmartFrame will also be the joint Platinum sponsors, in partnership with Image Rights International at the Digital Media Licensing Association (DMLA) in Los Angeles.

In reaction to the substantial growth and success of SmartFrame, CEO Rob Sewell, has commented:

“It’s remarkable to see how far SmartFrame has come, having expanded from 3 to 23 FTE’s,with offices set up in London, Berlin and Krakow, and over £4m of funding secured to date.
The company has attracted top talent and Investment across the board and is now entering a stage of rapid expansion and evolution with an anticipated headcount of 60 FTE’s this time next year.
Watch this space as we announce some major global partnership launches in the coming months.”

For further press info, interviews and images please contact:

Cayle McNair, Marketing Manager, SmartFrame Technologies

T: +44 (0) 7850 195 087

E: cayle.mcnair@smartframe.io

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West Coast Footage Meet-Up

ACSIL’s LA Meet-Up on Saturday October 20, 2018 (the day before the DMLA 2018 Conference) is a prime opportunity to present your footage collection to a motivated audience of footage buyers. With co-sponsor’s CLEAR and the IDA, this event is sure to attract the top audio-visual researchers and documentary filmmaker from the Los Angeles production community.  You don’t want to miss this opportunity. To book an exhibition table cut & paste the link below into your browser and fill out the online form.

Association of Commercial Stock Image Licensors
Reserve Your Exhibition Table Now at the

West Coast Footage Meet-Up
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Getty Images, Los Angeles
6300 Wilshire Blvd, 16th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90048

1 Networking Event – 3 Panels, 3 Perspectives – 100% Footage
Schedule:

2 pm – 3 pm Meet the Archives
3 pm – 6 pm Engage with Panels by ACSIL, CLEAR, & IDA
5 pm – 7 pm Network at the Reception

Exhibition Tables

Reserve a table by Monday, September 17, 2018, at: https://goo.gl/forms/hAInV8pP8tmebfrP2

Fees
$250 for ACSIL Members
$500 for Non-ACSIL Members

Details
4 ft rectangular table with linen, chair, and table sign
No AV is provided, but exhibitors can bring their own laptop or monitor that must sit on the table
Electricity and internet access provided
No backdrop signage or deliveries
Space is limited, and your reservation will not be complete until payment is made via emailed invoice
FREE Valet Parking

THE PANELS

ACSIL’s, Association of Commercial Stock Footage Licensors, panel will bring leaders from the world’s most important archives to discuss the challenges and successes of stock footage industry, and provide attendees with a sneakpeak of the upcoming ACSIL General Survey 4 (global view on footage industry).

CLEAR’s, Association of Clearance and Research Professionals, panelists will share their expertise on rights and clearance administration for film and television, which all footage sellers, rights managers, producers, and researchers will not want to miss.

IDA, International Documentary Association, has created a community of the world’s best documentary makers that are ushering in a “golden age” of archival footage use in production, looking to researchers to make a deep dive into archives for the best and most unique footage, and pushing for more flexible clearance deals. This panel will explore how documentary artists are producing their projects, working with archives, finding footage, and getting footage cleared now.

Established in 2003, the Association of Commercial Stock Image Licensors (ACSIL) is a not-for-profit trade association representing the interests of the stock footage community. ACSIL members are the world’s leading providers of stock and archival footage. For more information, visit www.ACSIL.org

Our mailing address is:
Matthew White
Executive Director
Association of Commercial Stock Image Licensors (ACSIL)
Silver Spring, MD

www.acsil.org
communications@acsil.org

 

 

Alamy announces that current CEO Andy Harding will leave the business by mutual consent. Alamy Chairman, James West will resume accountability as CEO with immediate effect.

James West commented “We would like to thank Andy for his significant contribution to the business since his arrival last year and we wish him every success in his future endeavours.”

FAIR USE OR INFRINGEMENT?

Industry experts have been scratching their heads after a U.S. judge ruled an image, taken from the website of a professional photographer and used by a film festival online, was fair use. The case, is Brammer v. Violent Hues Productions LLC, and it began when Russell Brammer found one of his pictures, a long exposure shot of Adams Morgan, Washington D.C., had been used on a website promoting the Northern Virginia Film Festival.

Read a complete analysis of the case here