Category Archives: Press releases

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 sales@twensoft.com 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.

 

 

ImageRights Announces Dedicated Copyright Registration Service

ImageRights International, the global leader in copyright enforcement services for photo agencies and professional photographers, today announced the launch of a dedicated copyright registration service. For the first time, any photographer or agency can register their images with the United States Copyright Office through ImageRights highly efficient and precise copyright service. Previously, only ImageRights members had access to the service.

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Leading Copyright Enforcement Service Imagerights Announces Dedicated Copyright Registration Service


ImageRights International, the global leader in copyright enforcement services for photo agencies and professional photographers, today announced the launch of a dedicated copyright registration service. For the first time, any photographer or agency can register their images with the United States Copyright Office through ImageRights highly efficient and precise copyright service. Previously, only ImageRights members had access to the service.

ImageRights has successfully registered more than 600,000 published and unpublished images with the USCO through the service since its launch less than two years ago. The application is quick taking only a couple of minutes, simple with a high tech software that auto fills out the form, and most importantly accurate. With error checking technology, users can be assured their applications were filled out with all necessary information to protect images if an infringement claim is ever needed to be pursued. As a result of the accuracy of its applications and the long-standing relationship it has with the examiners at the USCO, ImageRights’ turnaround is among the fastest on the market, taking only a few weeks on average to receive the registration certificates versus the six to eight months cited on the copyright.gov website. Images can be registered through the website or by using the ImageRights Plugin for Adobe Lightroom.

ImageRights also inscribes the USCO registration number, date, status and deposit copies into the Bitcoin blockchain through their Blockchain Inscription Service. By using SHA2, an asymmetric cryptographic function, ImageRights can safely and automatically convert any file into a representative hash value. An effective and much faster alternative to requesting and paying for copies of the deposit copies from the USCO, the hash can be used as validated proof that a file containing the USCO registration information and images covered by the registration existed at that time and can be a valuable tool for expediting settlement negotiations for infringement claims.

“We strongly believe in photographers and agencies registering their images with the US Copyright Office and wanted to make our service readily available to all,” said Joe G. Naylor, President and CEO of ImageRights. “If the USCO form is not submitted the right way or the correct documentation of your work is not kept on file, photographers can be left vulnerable when pursuing an infringement claim. With our services they are 100% protected.”

Photographers and agencies can register their images with the US Copyright Office for $99 plus the Copyright Office filing fee at http://www.imagerights.com/copyrightregistration.

 

Nancy Wolff Named to 2018 Edition of the Best Lawyers in America

Cowan, DeBaets, Abraham’s & Sheppard’s Law Practice had six attorneys selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of Best Lawyers in America list. Among them is our own, Nancy Wolff, DMLA Counsel.

Nancy is currently President of the Copyright Society of the USA and she is a frequent speaker throughout the United States and Europe on issues relating to copyright, digital media, and licensing for many organizations including the American Bar Association, The Copyright Society, Practicing Law Institute (PLI), The Digital Media Licensing Association, and the European Confederation of Image Libraries and Archives (CEPIC). She frequently speaks at design schools and photography classes on issues relating to copyright, trademark, and publicity as it relates to the licensing of digital media.

This is such a well-deserved honor for Nancy.  We join the many others in offering our congratulations and good wishes to CDAS and to Nancy.

Wimbledon pioneers split-second photography technology by Capture

 

 

The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) has scored a first during The Championships, Wimbledon 2017 by using Capture’s ground-breaking LIVE EVENTS technology that allows images to be delivered instantly direct from camera – complete with caption information – to multiple simultaneous global destinations.

DMLA is excited to be using the same technology for the DMLA 2017 Conference in October thanks to the sponsorship by Capture.

You can read the Wimbledon article here

Wimbledon pioneers split-second photography technology

 

 

Dateline: July 20th, 2017

The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) has scored a first during The Championships, Wimbledon 2017 by using Capture’s ground-breaking LIVE EVENTS technology that allows images to be delivered instantly direct from camera – complete with caption information – to multiple simultaneous global destinations.

The system augments the battery of high-tech photographic equipment operated by The Championships’ ace team of photographers – headed up by AELTC photographic manager and sports photographer Bob Martin – that even includes robotic cameras perched on rooftop vantage points.

Thousands of iconic moments that crystalise the essence of Wimbledon have been ‘Captured’ via this technology ecosystem during this year’s Championships, allowing rapid deployment of imagery to the website team and hungry social media sites.

Bob, an award-winning sports photographer who has photographed every major sporting event, stated: “Only the best will do for The Championships both visually and technically. We like every department at Wimbledon to continually live up to our slogan ‘In Pursuit of Greatness’.

“Fractions of seconds can be game changers when you are striving to produce world class imagery in fast-moving tennis matches across 18 different courts and with hundreds of players and countless amazing moments both on and off court.”

“Working with Capture’s terrific technology – and their supportive team – means we can focus on shooting the best images, confident in the knowledge that seconds later they will be being delivered via the Capture system, complete with captions, correct location and attributed to the right photographer. We can even switch members of the photographic team around between courts and matches, and still be sure the right information accompanies the images. It helps to deal with the instant demands of social media,” added Bob.

Alexandra Willis, Head of Communications, Content and Digital at Wimbledon, said: “Bob and his team produce world class content for us, and we are delighted that Capture – who we have worked successfully with in other areas for several years – has brought such immediacy to this process to ensure that we are able to put photography at the heart of our channels.”

Abbie Enock, CEO of Capture Ltd, said: “We have worked with Wimbledon for more than three years, with systems that manage the image library and also brand quality benchmarking – and are very proud to have been able to provide Capture LIVE EVENTS for The Championships. The AELTC, Bob Martin and his team are wonderful clients to work with.”

Capture LIVE EVENTS is part of Capture’s suite of ‘building block’ products that address every step of the digital and commercial licensing workflow – including elegant, shop-window, front-end Capture WEBSITE.

A general view of the grounds on the first day of the Championships 2017 at The All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon. Day 1 Monday 03/07/2017. Credit: AELTC/Bob Martin.

View inside Centre Court during the Ladies’ Singles match between Angelique Kerber (GER) and Irina Falconi (USA) on the second day of The Championships 2017 at The All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon. Day 2 Tuesday 04/07/2017. Credit: AELTC/Thomas Lovelock.

IMAGERIGHTS ACQUIRES IMAGE WITNESS, STRENGTHENS IMAGE SEARCH TECHNOLOGY ARSENAL

 

 

Solidifies ImageRights’ Leadership Position in Copyright Enforcement

Boston, MA – ImageRights International, the global leader in copyright enforcement services for photo agencies and professional photographers, today announced the acquisition of Australia’s Image Witness, whose rapid scan image search technology fortifies ImageRights’ technology leadership position in the fast-growing copyright enforcement services industry.

Complementing ImageRights’ intensive image search and leading-edge image recognition technologies, Image Witness’ highly regarded image search algorithms have been specially designed for rapidly scanning very large, content rich websites for both image licensing and copyright enforcement purposes.

The combined image search systems will instantly deliver comprehensive, actionable image sighting reports to clients through their ImageRights dashboard at imagerights.com. The sightings are first analyzed by ImageRights AI, which sorts, ranks and groups the sightings by domain owner, all of which expedites license review and facilitates claim submission by copyright owners. The ImageRights AI can then recommend if a claim should be pursued directly through ImageRights license compliance or through a partner law firm and estimate the initial demand, all in less than three seconds. Since the launch of its integrated image search and case management platform, ImageRights has processed more than 50,000 copyright infringement claims.

“I have known and followed the developments at ImageRights over the years, so when the opportunity was presented I knew ImageRights was the perfect fit,” reflected Matthew Johnson, founder and CEO of Image Witness. “ImageRights has always had an upstanding reputation in the industry and I am glad to see that our clients will be in such great hands.”

Image Witness’ clients will be seamlessly transitioned to the ImageRights service platform and will immediately have access to ImageRights’ fully automated US Copyright Office registration service. Agencies and photographers can register their images with the US Copyright Office through their ImageRights account, either from their ImageRights dashboard or by using the ImageRights Plugin for Adobe Lightroom. ImageRights has successfully registered more 600,000 images with the USCO through the service since its launch less than two years ago.

The Image Witness acquisition also propels ImageRights into the web auditing services market. “Image Witness’ rapid scan image search can be immediately integrated into our existing platform,” said Joe G. Naylor, President and CEO of ImageRights. “We can now deliver extremely fast and accurate image use reporting, accelerating revenue recognition for agencies that previously had to rely on the self-reporting of image use by their largest media and enterprise clients.”

 

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.

Is the best way to fight technology with technology?

In our CEPIC Congress ‘Thank you’ newsletter we mentioned a few of this years very well-attended seminars. 

The biggest discussions and debates 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. 

SmartFrame were a sponsor of this year’s CEPIC Congress, indeed you may have seen their coffee cups around, met with their team, or have attended SmartFrame CEO; Rob Sewell’s seminar: “Regaining Control of your Online Images” on Friday afternoon. 

At his session, Rob demonstrated this innovative image technology that has the potential to revolutionise our industry, and addresses many of the issues discussed at this years congress. 

For those that didn’t catch that session; the SmartFrame is a patent-pending, secure, embeddable, trackable and interactive digital image format, which is looking to redefine the digital image standard in the coming months & years. 

As we all know, gaining control and properly policing image content on the Internet is long overdue, and whilst all the legal work being done is helping, it’s going to be a long and uphill battle. Rob believes that the best way to fight technology is with technology – much like anti-piracy control for audio and video content has been accomplished using technology – he believes the SmartFrame technology can do the same for the image industry.  

SmartFrame:
  • Helps to protect and raise awareness of copyright of images 
  • Drives traffic and sales back from Google
  • Can be shared & embedded in a controlled manner, always linking back to the content owner with a one click path to purchase 
  • Provides valuable business data and intelligence from wherever it is viewed
  • Offers an interactive and engaging viewing experience 
  • And provides new marketing and revenue opportunities for content owners
 

SmartFrame is starting to gain traction across a variety of verticals including the image industry, publishers, brands, fashion, online retail, property and automative sectors. 

Their API and dashboard can be integrated into any web platform or application, and SmartFrames can be updated dynamically and retrospectively wherever they have been embedded on the Internet. Further info can be found at www.smartframe.io.

One of the big challenges, and a key point of discussion at CEPIC, is the issue of Google scrapping and serving content, and the content then being consumed and shared across the internet directly from their search listings, with no attribution or clear path back to the owner. 

The SmartFrame technology mitigates this problem, as it ensures the high resolution image remains invisible to Google and web scrappers, while allowing Google to see a small unusable watermarked thumbnail, complete with a clear call to action such as “View Photo”, which then drives traffic back to the hosted platform to see the full secure SmartFrame version of the image. This has no negative impact on ranking, as you can see from this set of Google Search Results for a photographer currently using SmartFrame. The photographers images are on the first page of Google results here, and if you click to the Google Images view you’ll see the top ranking images are also SmartFrame thumbnails – all leading back to the photographers website – where the viewers can experience the SmartFrames and license the images directly or share them in a controlled manner. 

Further examples of SmartFrames with various configurations can be viewed here SmartFrame Examples

SmartFrame have a busy features release schedule coming throughout 2017. Next up will be their Tracker feature, which will allow users to view where their images have been shared and embedded and how viewers are interacting with them. Then later in the year SmartFrame users will be able to communicate and advertise to their audiences in new and targeted ways, such as affiliate advertising & product linking to sales stores, in order to generate new revenue streams for our industry, alongside boosting more direct image sales.

The SmartFrame team are also working with a reverse search engine company to find infringements, and rather than asking for infringing uses of images to be taken down, they are asking them to swap them out for SmartFrames. In this way they are not only changing the way new content is being published, but also beginning to convert historical content too, helping the content owners to develop larger audiences, greater engagement and driving more traffic back to their / or third party platforms to monetise a variety of products and services. 

Could this be the future way to protect and monetise our content and grow our industry revenues? 

SmartFrame have put together a very generous offer for all of this years CEPIC delegates – they are offering FREE integrations and 12 month’s FREE use of their Showcase, Tracker and Monetizer upgraded packages.

To book a demo and experience how this technology can help revolutionise your business please contact us directly at hello@smartframe.io or visit www.smartframe.io/request-a-demo

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