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CDAS Expands Their West Coast Practice

Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP is expanding its West Coast litigation, entertainment, and intellectual property practice with the strategic hire of a two-person litigation team, led by Carole E. Handler, who joins the firm as a partner in CDAS’s Beverly Hills office as of April 1, 2017.

Widely known as “the lawyer who saved Spider-Man,” Carole represented Marvel Entertainment Company for over a decade in copyright and other litigation, and was responsible for the trial strategy that allowed Marvel to recover the motion picture rights to its iconic Spider-Man property.   Read more about this nationally recognized litigator on copyright, trademark, entertainment, and antitrust cases here.

CDAS brings in partner Carole E. Handler and associate Brianna Dahlberg to expand its West Coast Litigation, Entertainment, and IP practice

Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP is expanding its West Coast litigation, entertainment, and intellectual property practice with the strategic hire of a two-person litigation team, led by Carole E. Handler, who joins the firm as a partner in CDAS’s Beverly Hills office as of April 1, 2017.

Ms. Handler is a nationally recognized litigator on copyright, trademark, entertainment, and antitrust cases. She has handled numerous groundbreaking cases throughout her career, representing clients in the motion picture, telecom, fashion, sports, and other industries on matters involving entertainment, copyright, competition, and new media.

Her work includes representing clients in the motion picture industry in complex copyright and antitrust litigation. Widely known as “the lawyer who saved Spider-Man,” Carole represented Marvel Entertainment Company for over a decade in copyright and other litigation, and was responsible for the trial strategy that allowed Marvel to recover the motion picture rights to its iconic Spider-Man property. In representing Pfizer, she was one of the lead attorneys who succeeded in having the then-largest trademark verdict in history reversed. But perhaps one of the cases of which she is most proud involves her work on a nine-week pro bono jury trial for a Holocaust survivor to recover the rights to her life story, which is now being developed into a motion picture.

Carole has successfully represented major motion picture producers and distributors in litigation involving antitrust and copyright issues and continues to support her clients’ efforts as new media revolutionizes traditional ways of reaching consumers. Carole also handles infringement claims for a number of fashion clients, for which copyright is an increasingly crucial issue. Carole regularly submits amicus briefs on copyright and antitrust issues in the Second, Third, Sixth, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits, as well as the Supreme Court, and California courts.

She has also been an adjunct professor at USC law school for over 13 years, where she has taught both antitrust and IP courses.

“Carole’s practice is perfectly synergetic with CDAS’s litigation practice in New York, which also centers on IP, media, and entertainment disputes,” explains Eleanor M. Lackman, co-chair of CDAS’s Litigation Group. “She helps us take the strong practice that we have built on the East Coast and replicate that type of focus and service on the West Coast, which provides a major benefit for our clients across the country.”

Carole was immediately drawn to CDAS by the firm’s commitment to strategic growth in key industry sectors, which allows it to serve a wide variety of clients, its openness to new approaches, and its focus on important media issues, which are central to her practice. “In addition to the superior quality of CDAS’s nationally recognized attorneys, its dedication to innovative legal thinking, the depth of its IP practice and its focus on copyright and media – it is also the unusual firm that has a real commitment to internal development and gender diversity equality and practices it.” Carole notes that the majority of CDAS’s equity partners are women.

Joining Carole is Brianna Dahlberg, an associate who has worked with Carole since 2011 and has extensive trial and pretrial experience in entertainment, IP, and contractual matters. Both Carole and Brianna join from Eisner Jaffe, which they joined from Lathrop & Gage.

More information about Carole E. Handler is available at http://cdas.com/carole_handler

More information about Brianna Dahlberg is available at http://cdas.com/brianna_dahlberg

ABOUT COWAN, DEBAETS, ABRAHAMS & SHEPPARD LLP

CDAS is a New York and Los Angeles entertainment, media and IP law firm that has served clients for over 25 years in the traditional content and media businesses as well as in emerging technologies. Practices in our majority-women owned firm include: film, television, visual arts, music, digital media, publishing, fashion, theatre, advertising and marketing, copyright, corporate formation, finance and M&A, employment, litigation, technology, trademarks, brands and venture. Our strong commitment to understanding our clients’ businesses and budgets allow us to offer individualized attention that includes in-depth industry knowledge as well as focused legal advice in litigation and transactional matters that only a niche boutique law firm like CDAS can provide.

Media Contact: Jennifer Besada, jbesada@cdas.com, (212)-974-7474

 

 

Dreamstime Integrates Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning into Stock Photography Service

 

 

SAN FRANCISCO — Dreamstime, the largest community in stock photography, announced today the company has implemented a proprietary artificial intelligence (AI) system that uses sophisticated algorithms to screen submitted images. The machine learning tool is designed to examine how human editors at Dreamstime review images, and then adjust its parameters to best match the editors’ various criteria.

The AI tool from Dreamstime will go beyond current image recognition software, as it can unite metadata with the context of the image itself. It can be applied to multiple areas of the submission process, for example notifying users they need a model release or recognizing a copyright logo resides in an image. The tool has the capability to detect features in submitted images that trigger rejections, and uses this same intelligence to label and localize each photo.

This is a next-generation enhancement that can not only recognize the subject of a photo, but also relate its compositional and commercial value. Dreamstime will continue to utilize its team of human editors who understand the nuances of reviewing in terms of the legal, aesthetic, and technical aspects of an image. This team’s ongoing work will be integrated within the AI system, allowing it to adopt some of the human element of the review process.

Both photographers/contributors and end users will benefit from the AI solution. Photographers will receive a streamlined review period for images, so they can have more content accepted and more quickly earn revenue for their work. Dreamstime estimates it will reduce the review period with 30-60% and in some cases, the review will be instant. End buyers/designers will gain from a wider selection of image content and a refined search capability that accounts for the AI-produced data.

“Constant innovation is a primary reason for our continued success in the stock image industry,” said Serban Enache, the company’s CEO and co-founder. “With our AI solution, we have created a continually improving tool that will conduct instant image reviews, which will streamline our approval process. And we can layer on other types of metadata points such as customer behavior to build a truly intelligent solution that helps us improve the end-user experience.”

Among current functions we can include a search engine that helps editors determine if certain images were uploaded before and are already online, thus avoiding duplicating content, automatic recognition of certain landmarks that can only be sold as editorial licenses, automatic recognition of illustrations.

Future planned enhancements to the AI’s functionality include the addition of customer behavior data, so the system can effectively “learn” what types of images are selling, and which ones are less appealing. It will do this by learning from various sources and combine that information with data from other previous steps to develop an accurate gauge of an image’s likely value.

Rivals add to complaints against Google’s Android

By Nicholas Hirst/Politico

A tech lobby group filed a fresh antitrust complaint against Google with the European Commission, reiterating accusations the U.S. tech giant used its popular mobile operating system to protect its dominance over internet searches.

The Commission already has an ongoing probe into Android examining the issues raised by OIP. If the Commission accepts OIP, whose members include French-German search engine Qwant, as a formal complainant in the Android case, the lobby group would have access certain documents and could provide its views.

The OIP also announced Tuesday that it was integrating 20-plus companies from the Initiative for a Competitive Online Marketplace, a long-standing anti-Google group that is closing.

It used a press conference to criticize the length of the Commission’s probe into Google and to call on enforcers to impose “interim measures,” which could require Google to change its conduct pending a final decision. It also accused Google of acting in “bad faith.”

Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

OIP’s members include German publishers Axel Springer (a co-owner of POLITICO in Europe) and Hubert Burda Media, Qwant, the French search engine in which Axel Springer has a stake, French shopping website leGuide.com, U.S. photo agency Getty Images, and German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1.

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Gado Images Highlights African American History


Gado Images is a San Francisco based company that works with archives worldwide to help them digitize and monetize their visual history. 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.  Read the entire article here.

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: http://www.gettyimages.com/collaboration/boards/VP1n3olOvUuaToD6HGu0Pw

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 info@gadoimages.com.

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To learn more about Gado Images and partnering opportunities, visit www.gadoimages.com.

 

 

GROUP REGISTRATION OF PHOTOGRAPHS

DMLA together with various other visual arts associations (what we are loosely referring to a Coalition of Visual Artists –DMLA, APA, ASMP, GAG, NPPA, NANPA, and PPA) filed a joint response to a proposed rulemaking by the Copyright Office on Group Registration of Photographs.

The proposal seeks to establish new online registration procedures for groups of unpublished as well as published photographs. The proposal was quite in-depth, including an extensive history of group registration of photographs regulations and the requirements for a new proposed system. In general the coalition was in favor of improving the electronic registration process for registration of all photographs, but had some recommendations for the Copyright Office on as to how to improve the proposed system.

Universally, everyone agreed that the arbitrary limitation of 750 images per registration would be burdensome to visual artists and would discourage registration. This limit would be unworkable for many photographers who register all the works in an assignment in one application, and is much lower than the number of images submitted by many members of DMLA when submitting database registration of images uploaded to websites. In addition, the Copyright Office proposal specifically would discourage this database registration in favor of the group registration of unpublished and published photographs regimes. Database registrations were specifically crafted by the Copyright Office at the request of DMLA to assist DMLA members register photographs on behalf of contributors before ingesting them into their database for licensing on the web based platforms. The DMLA’s legal committee, and in particular Dan Pollack, Masterfile’s attorney assisted in responding to that aspect of the proposed rulemaking and expressed DMLA’s concern as this registration has been a key factor in many successful enforcement programs to deter infringements and encourage licensing.

The Coalition also urged that the provision to permit group registration of unpublished photographs and published photographs be expanded to include all forms of visual art, regardless of format, whether photographs, illustration or otherwise.

Other recommendations related to improving the application process to be compatible with typical visual artists’ workflows and promoting the use of APIs that may be developed to allow the seamless registration of photographs and visual artworks, and that both published and unpublished photographs can be registered at the same time.

The joint response was a result of corporation of all the associations and was quite extensive. A copy of the full response can be found here (you’ll have to scroll down to Amicus Briefs and Notices of Inquiries). This is a great example of the joint efforts of the various visual art association coming together with one voice. The Copyright Alliance also adopted the position set out in the coalition of visual artists’ response to the proposed rulemaking as well.

Coalition of Visual Artists Respond to House Judiciary Committee on U.S. Copyright Office Reform

On January 30, 2017 DMLA Digital Media Licensing Association) joined with the other members of a Coalition of Visual Artists (APA, ASMP, GAG, NPPA, NANPA, and PPA) in a joint response to the House Judiciary Committee with comments to the first proposal by Chairman Goodlatte and Ranking Member Conyers “Reform of the U.S. Copyright Office.”

After months of hard work to reach consensus and a united voice, our comments, entitled “Creating a USCO Capable of Succeeding in A Changing World”, begins “Collectively, all members of the signatory associations depend on effective copyright protection and enforcement for their livelihood.”

Read all about it here with a link to the full comments.

Exciting News from Trevillion

Trevillion has some exciting news for book publishers: from today, we can now offer on-line image availability check!
 
As you know, Trevillion offers some of the best Rights-Managed images on the market, and if required, they can be licensed on an exclusive basis.
 
But now publishers will be able to check for image availability on our website at any time. And they will be able to see previous sales, and the restrictions that apply when they click on any image (see layout below).
 
We know that you will find this new function useful! But if you have any questions, please just contact us anytime on info@trevillion.com