Category Archives: Industry News

DMLA signs on to 2nd letter regarding NAFTA

DMLA signed on to a second letter to Ambassador Lighthizer, co-ordinated by the Copyright Alliance, in regards to the “modernization” of NAFTA.  We are thrilled that 34 other organizations opted in to bring attention to the policies by some internet platforms that promote theft of American creativity and innovation.

Read the letter here

Kodak Announces Launch of KODAKOne Image Rights Management Platform

In a move sure to rock the industry, Kodak and WENN Digital, in a licensing partnership,  have announced the launch of the KODAKOne image rights management platform and KODAKCoin, a photo-centric cryptocurrency to empower photographers and agencies to take greater control in image rights management.

You can read the entire story here.




Call for DMLA Board of Director Nominations

The DMLA Nominations and Elections Committee is pleased to announce the call for nominees to serve on the 2018 to 2020 DMLA Board of Directors.

There are eight positions open for the 2018 – 2020 Board slate – President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and four (4) Officers-at-Large.

Participating on the Board of Directors enables you to lend your leadership and vision to the DMLA community and to contribute to defining its path forward. If you are interested in serving or nominating a fellow member, please send an email with your interest to

The DMLA Board’s obligation to its members is to govern the organization and to forward its mission:

To promote and protect the interests of the media licensing community through advocacy, education and communication.

Nominations and Elections Process

Eligibility: Any member of DMLA in good standing may nominate themselves or fellow members to serve on the DMLA Board of Directors providing they meet the requirements as established in the DMLA Bylaws.

Only complete nominations will go before the Nominations and Elections Committee for consideration. If you would like to nominate another individual to serve, the nominee along with their contact information and reason for nomination is needed. The Nominations and Elections committee shall verify the eligibility of all nominees. Individuals so nominated shall have given prior consent to said nomination and election as an officer.

The call for Nominations and Elections closes at 11:59 p.m. EST, Monday, February 15, 2018.

Board Positions

To gain a better understanding of the roles and responsibilities of being a member of the DMLA Board of Directors as well as the specific positions that are open on the 2018 DMLA Board, please visit the DMLA website at for roles and descriptions. The following positions are open for nominations:

  • DMLA President
  • DMLA Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer
  • DMLA Officer-at-large   (4) positions availableTimeline
Date Actions
January 8, 2018 –February 12, 2018 Call for Nominations Open
February 12, 2018 Nominations and Elections Committee Receives Final Nominations
February 13, 2018 Nominations and Elections Committee Recommends Slate for Board Approval
February 26, 2018 Election Ballots Distributed to Members For Voting
March 16, 2018 Final Ballots Accepted by DMLA
April 4, 2018 DMLA 2014 Board Announces Election Results
May 1, 2018 DMLA 2018 Board of Directors will take office

Should you have any questions, please contact Sonia Wasco – DMLA Nominations and Elections Committee Chair

at 717-626-0296 or





 Boston, MA – ImageRights President and CEO Joe Naylor has been appointed Chairperson of Digital Media Licensing Association (DMLA) Technology Committee. The announcement was made by DMLA President Geoff Cannon.

As the global leader in copyright enforcement services for photo agencies and professional photographers, Naylor will investigate, discuss, and address issues involving technology that have an impact on the business of digital licensing. Naylor will aid in fostering an environment of growth and collaboration utilizing member’s technical resources and expertise as well as manage and lead technical initiatives to evolve DMLA’s digital presence and value for the membership and potential members.

“DMLA is going through a transformational period in which it is expanding its focus from just that of the U.S. photo licensing industry to the broader digital licensing industry overall, including motion, archival footage and media companies worldwide. With these new initiatives, it is an exciting to time to start my new role as chairperson of the technology committee,” said Naylor. “I look forward to working with the members to shed light on the technology that is influencing our growing industry.”

“ImageRights has always been on the forefront of technology and copyright and we are thrilled to have Joe lead our committee and to lend his expertise to our members,” adds Geoff Cannon, DMLA President.


About ImageRights

ImageRights International provides intelligent image search and copyright enforcement services to photo agencies, professional photographers and media companies worldwide to ensure that their intellectual property rights are protected and that they are compensated for the unauthorized use of their copyrighted works. ImageRights, the only company to have fully automated copyright registration with the US Copyright Office, has made copyright enforcement a truly integrated component of its clients’ daily workflow. Through its in-house license compliance team and global network of copyright attorneys, ImageRights has recovered more than $8 million in settlements and awards on behalf of its clients.


DMLA joins in amicus brief in VHT v Zillow, supporting VHT’s award of statutory damages based on number of infringed images under a database group registration of photographs

On Monday December 18, 2017, DMLA joined NPPA, ASMP and GAG in submitting an amicus brief before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in support of VHT, a real estate photography company against Zillow, an online real estate platform on the narrow issue of the proper calculation of statutory damages based on multiple infringed images registered using a database registration consisting predominantly of photographs. The appeal by Zillow argues, among other issues, that the district court erred in awarding statutory damages to VHT based on each image infringed having independent economic value, despite being registered under a single database registration of photographs, which Zillow argues should only entitle VHT to one award of statutory damages regardless of the massive number of images infringed. The relevant question in the Zillow case hinges on what a court considers a “work” under Section 504(c)(1) of the Copyright Act, each separate image filed within the application, or the database as a whole, which would be one work.

The amicus brief supports the view that the independent value test applied by the lower court, and previously adopted by the Ninth Circuit is the correct one. The amicus brief describes the historical background of the various group registration procedures designed by the U.S. Copyright Office, to ease the administrative burden of registration of photographs which has unique challenges given the amount of images a photographer can create in a day.  In particular, the database registration of photographs was developed with input from DMLA and its members (formerly PACA) to protect images distributed through online platforms, which formerly were distributed via published print catalogs. The amici argue that the form of registration should have no impact on whether the independent works covered by the registration should be considered a single work, entitled to a single statutory damage or multiple works entitled to damages for each work infringed. The outcome of the Ninth Circuit’s ruling could have a major impact on the ability of image libraries and their contributing photographers to recover appropriate damages from infringers who use more than one of their photographs without permission, based on group registration, particularly those in the Ninth’s Circuit’s jurisdiction which includes California, Oregon, Washington state, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Arizona, Alaska and Hawaii.

The brief, which you can find here, was filed by NPPA’s Deputy General Counsel, Alicia Calzada, with support from DMLA’s attorneys Nancy Wolff and Marissa Lewis of Cowan, DeBaets , Abrahams and Sheppard LLP. An amicus brief on another important issue in the case—secondary liability—was filed in support of VHT by the Copyright Alliance (link: ), where DMLA is a member.

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 or email

20/20 Software Offers New Tools For Working With Footage


20/20 Software is pleased to announce the addition of our newest tools for working with footage in our 20/20 Software system:

Clipping. Our Media Asset Manager creates clips from a master reel and saves them as new media records. In addition, it can create time slices for customer orders and deliver those slices to customers. Our websites allow customers to create time slices and then deliver them on the fly.

Offset Timestamps. Our Media Asset Manager supports offset timestamps, making it easy for the media library to get the correct time slices from the customer. Then, using the clipping feature, easily and efficiently make clips for delivery.

Multi-processing. Our Media Asset Manager processes videos with the ability to make clips, resize, apply timestamps (offset or standard), apply watermarks, and apply text overlays (scrolling or fixed) – all at the same time. In addition, the processor creates posters, thumbnails, and optionally playable thumbnails, all as part of the same video-processing action.

Batch processing. All the features of multi-processing can be done in batch.

Don Resnick, President of 20/20 Software, said “We’re excited to add these new features to our software’s current video functionality. These new features join our existing enhancements for footage and video functionality, giving our clients the ability to offer clipping, pricing, and online delivery – all in a seamless and satisfying customer experience.”

20/20 Software is a leading provider of multi-media websites and image/business management software to media libraries, museums, corporations, institutions, and newspapers. Please call us at 203.316.5500 in the US to schedule a demo or contact us at for more information about using our multi-media software system platform. Also, visit us at DMLA Table #12 on October 23-24, and at Visual Connections on October 25 at Table #H10-11.

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.