Category Archives: Press releases

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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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.”

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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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.

 

 

 

JOE NAYLOR NAMED AS NEW CHAIR OF DMLA TECH COMMITTEE

 

 

IMAGERIGHTS PRESIDENT AND CEO JOE NAYLOR TAPPED AS CHAIRPERSON OF DIGITAL MEDIA LICENSING ASSOCIATION TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE

 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 VHT v ZILLOW

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: http://copyrightalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Copyright-Alliance-VHT-v-Zillow-Amicus-Brief.pdf ), 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 www.capture.co.uk or email welcome@capture.co.uk.

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.