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Dear Members:

We have had great response from the House for the CASE Act and we now have 31 co-sponsors for H.R. 2426!  The letter writing and meetings with representatives is working, but we can’t stop now.  We still need efforts from all of you to get the support for the bill up to triple digits to assure passage.

Many of you had made the push to get your contributors to participate in this important effort and we are grateful. We know that Serban Enache at Dreamstime sent an email to all of his 500,000 contributors asking them to write to their representatives and also wrote on social media in support of the CASE Act.  Thanks so much Serban.

The bill  is backed by the group of creative associations that DMLA  has been working with over the last 10 years including, ASMP, APA, ASCRL, the Copyright Alliance, GAG, NANPA, NPPA, and PPA. So, we’re off to a great start, but we need to build momentum, and that’s where you come in. DMLA has already written the relevant members of the House Judiciary Committee and the Senate in support of the CASE Act. However, getting a bill passed is hard work. We need to build as much support as possible for the CASE Act before Congress takes its summer break in August. The Representatives and Senators need to hear from their constituents to know that this bill has grass root support in their states and districts.

We’ve made it very simple for you:

  1. Send the attached letter (which you may modify) to your Member of Congress through their contact page
  2. Encourage your photographers to add their voices at the web portal copyrightdefense.com/action
  3. Tweet/use instagram and/or Facebook to show your support for the CASE Act

Thanks so much. We know we can count on you to make sure this important legislation gets all the attention it needs from our DMLA Membership.


CEPIC Congress 2014 in Berlin



by Cathy Aron, PACA Executive Director

The CEPIC Congress was held this year in Berlin, a city of many contrasts. From the beauty of the forests, rivers and parks that take up much of the land to the remnants and reminders of the Berlin Wall and the Holocaust Memorial, you are constantly reminiscent of the conflicted history of this capital. There is an amazing amount of construction going on everywhere you turn, both reconstructing old buildings to their original grace and new architecture reflecting the new 21st century style.

This was, perhaps, the perfect setting for the 2014 CEPIC Congress as we reflected on old and new ways of doing business and learned of the new technologies that will drive our industry in the future. The move to a downtown hotel location seemed a good one and the Congress moved smoothly through the 3-day event. The entire conference was held on one floor of the hotel, which made it easy for attendees to navigate.

Those of us invited to the BAPLA/Virtual Images Group’s Opening Reception at the British Embassy were impressed by the modern structure of the building and all the security that surrounds it. It was a delightful evening of food and drink and catching up with old friends!

The Congress itself was extremely well run and included more sessions than before. This year the sessions were well attended and a few were standing room only. Favorites were the EU Google Panel, The Bing Search Panel and From the RDI to the CIF.

The annual party included a band in an outdoor courtyard at the Kalkscheune. A lovely warm night with plenty of lively conversations, food and more drinks!! Everyone seemed to have a great time.

A picture-perfect Garden Party, hosted by AKG Images at their Berlin Office, was a nostalgic way to end the week Not only was Justus Göpel (Former owner of AKG, now deceased) instrumental in the establishment of CEPIC, but the AKG building, a beautiful 19th century home, housed the first CEPIC office. It was wonderful to be hosted by Katrin Göpel, Jürgen Raibel and the rest of the staff.

Thanks to Sylvie Fodor and Carlos Vicente for another stimulating meeting.

No word was given on next year’s location, but we will be keep you posted. You can read the CEPIC press release here.

Delegates from all over the world praise the organization of the Congress as the best ever


Every year CEPIC brings together picture agencies from all over the world and becomes, for a few days, the Centre of the Picture Industry. After Barcelona in 2013, this year’s Congress was held in the heart of Berlin, only a few blocks away from the Brandenburger Tor. 

For an industry that is rapidly assimilating the challenges that photography is experiencing these days, with over 500 participants from 280 agencies from 35 countries the congress was a huge success. The central location, the venue, the seminars, the technology, the networking area, overall logistics, the seminars and even the music at the Annual Party; all was beautifully organized by CEPIC´s new Congress Manager Carlos Vicente and his team who received much praise for an insuperable work. Despite the amount of participants everything worked without flaw, allowing delegates to concentrate in their networking endeavor of making new business contacts while also attending very informative seminars and conferences.  Conferences ranging from topics both highly technical to intensely informative, such as Client Panel, Video Metadata within the IPTC, Social Media, Google Image Search latest news, the Cultural Heritage debate, from the RDI to the CIF and detailed politics on coming EU legislation all gathered extraordinary attendance, much larger indeed than many previous Congresses.

Full video coverage for the CEPIC Congress with interviews and seminars is available in the CEPIC YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/CEPICCONGRESS

The annual industry party organized for all delegates took place at the Kalkscheune, a wonderful location just a few streets away from the Congress Center with a beautiful central court, making it possible to enjoy the wonderful weather we had in the German capital. A live band contributed to a relaxing atmosphere, greatly appreciated by delegates, involved in continuing to build their yearlong relationships.
As part of any good stay in Berlin, CEPIC made sure that participants also had the opportunity to discover the city with tours and tickets for museums made available, thanks to its Sponsors and Partners. Without them the CEPIC Congress 2014 wouldn’t have had such great support at every level and wouldn’t have become this successful.

“A great Congress was just closed in Berlin ten days ago, I could say that it was one of the best events that CEPIC has ever organized. We were impressed to see the response: a good number of  Delegates and companies coming to Berlin for their annual gathering; great participation in our seminars, all proving how important it is to be informed on what is happening and how it may affect our daily business. We did our best to bring the best speakers to inform us about the most burning matters and the response has stimulated us to keep this high quality in coming years.  We offer our huge appreciation for the support we recieve, year after year, from the very important companies that sponsor CEPIC to be able to organize this event. To all of them, sponsors, speakers, delegates a big thank you. We are now working to meet all of you in 2015 with an even better Congress.”
– Alfonso Gutiérrez, CEPIC President –

“I am so happy that Berlin, our home town here at CEPIC office, has worked out so well as a Congress venue! With over 500 delegates from 35 countries and all sides of the picture industry represented, CEPIC this year has shown again that it remains a must-attend event.”
– Sylvie Fodor, CEPIC Executive Director –

Sponsors and partners of the Congress were BING, images.de, ksp, dpa-picture alliance, age fototock, la collection, news aktuell, epa, reeldealhd, blitzbude, bpk, ctk fotobank, BVPA, hemis,  IPTC, ICOMP, RDI
Pictures of the Congress are available here: bit.ly/1hDigvo
Videos of the conferences and interviews are available here:https://www.youtube.com/user/CEPICCONGRESS

“Why Art Matters”

From the Copyright Alliance

Today we are launching a grassroots campaign “why art matters” urging people around the country to send us a 5-10 second video “selfie” giving one reason why art matters to them and why Congress should keep creative people in mind as they review the copyright laws.

The call to action describing the campaign can be viewed here and videos can be uploaded here. You can share your thoughts about why art matters on the twitter hashtag #artmatters

Please help us spread the word about this campaign. We will edit the best videos we get into a grassroots message to Congress.

Copyright Office: Notice of Public Roundtables and Request for Additional Comments

The Copyright Office will host public roundtable discussions and seeks further comments on potential legislative solutions for orphan works and mass digitization under U.S. copyright law. The meetings and comments will provide an opportunity for interested parties to address new legal developments as well as issues raised by comments provided in response to the Office’s previous Notice of Inquiry.

The public roundtables will take place on March 10-11, 2014, in the Copyright Office Hearing Room, LM-408 of the Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE, Washington, D.C. 20559. The roundtable discussions will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on both days.

The schedule for the roundtables, which includes the dates and times for specific topics, is set forth below. As shown in the schedule, the roundtables have been divided into nine distinct sessions. If you are interested in participating in one or more of the roundtable sessions, please complete and submit the participation form no later than February 24, 2014.

Due to space constraints, the Office cannot guarantee that it will be able to accommodate every request. To maximize the number of viewpoints presented, the Office will accept only one representative per entity as a participant in a particular session (but an entity may request to have different representatives in different sessions).

The Office also will provide members of the public with the opportunity to observe the hearings. Note, however, that space is limited due to the size of the hearing room. The Office will admit observers on a first come, first serve basis.  To allow for a diverse audience, we ask that entities limit any observers to one per session.

The Office is making arrangements to transcribe the proceedings and will post the transcripts on the Office website. Additionally, the Office is seeking further public comments on orphan works issues, including those to be discussed at the public roundtables. A comment form will be posted on this site no later than March 12, 2014.  Comments must be submitted no later than April 14, 2014.

Sessions and hearing schedule

The public roundtable discussions will be divided into nine sessions addressing distinct topics. Below is the schedule and information as to which topics will be discussed at particular sessions.


DAY ONE (MARCH 10, 2014)

9:00 – 10:15 Session 1: The need for legislation in light of recent legal and technological developments
10:15 – 10:30 Break
10:30 –  11:45 Session 2: Defining a good faith “reasonably diligent search” standard
11:45 – 12:45 Lunch
12:45 – 2:00 Session 3: The role of private and public registries
2:00 – 2:15 Break
2:15 –  3:30 Session 4: The types of works subject to any orphan works legislation, including issues related specifically to photographs
3:30 – 3:45 Break
3:45 – 5:00 Session 5: The types of users and uses subject to any orphan works legislation



DAY TWO (MARCH 11, 2014)

9:00 – 10:15 Session 6: Remedies and procedures regarding orphan works
10:15 – 10:30 Break
10:30 –  11:45 Session 7: Mass digitization, generally
11:45 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 –  2:15 Session 8: Extended collective licensing and mass digitization
2:15– 2:30 Break
2:30 –  5:00 Session 9: The structure and mechanics of a possible extended collective licensing system in the United States


The Copyright Office is reviewing the problem of orphan works under U.S. copyright law in continuation of its previous work on the subject and to advise Congress on possible next steps for the United States. The Office has long shared the concern with many in the copyright community that the uncertainty surrounding the ownership status of orphan works does not serve the objectives of the copyright system. For good faith users, orphan works are a frustration, a liability risk, and a major cause of gridlock in the digital marketplace. The issue is not contained to the United States. Indeed, a number of foreign governments have recently adopted or proposed solutions.

Nancy Wolff, PACA Counsel, will represent PACA at all sessions.

“Innovation in America: The Role of Copyrights”

Working together with all the other photo associations, it gives me a sense of pride when one of us is called upon to speak for our industry. Eugene Mopsik, ASMP Executive Director, testified Thursday, July 25, before the US House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet, at a hearing on “Innovation in America: the Role of Copyrights.”

“The advent of the digital era has made it fast, easy and simple for images to be stolen or otherwise infringed. Without copyright protection, all possible recourse by the photographer would be eliminated, and we would be creating a culture in which digital theft is considered acceptable,” Mopsik said during his testimony.

Go here to see the entire testimony: http://asmp.org/pdfs/20130725_testimony/

by Cathy Aron, PACA Executive Director