DMLA is pleased to become the latest member of the Copyright Alliance and to work with their team and with fellow members to continue promoting and protecting the interests of the media licensing community. You can read the press release sent out by the Alliance here.
Washington, D.C. – The Copyright Alliance, which represents the copyright interests of over 1.8 million individual creators and over 13,000 organizations across the spectrum of copyright disciplines, announced the addition of Digital Media Licensing Association (DMLA) as its newest member.
Headquartered in Chandler, AZ, DMLA was established in 1951 by a core group of New York stock photo agencies concerned about the protection of original transparencies. Today DMLA hosts an annual conference, quarterly webinars and industry networking, actively develops business standards, promotes ethical business practices, and advocates for copyright protections on behalf of its members, which encompass more than 100 digital content licensing companies.
According to DMLA Executive Director Cathy Aron, “We’re pleased to join the Copyright Alliance, and look forward to working with their team and with fellow members to continue promoting and protecting the interests of the media licensing community through copyright advocacy, education and communication.”
Added DMLA Counsel Nancy Wolff, “We’re happy to be working with the Copyright Alliance to ensure that our community of visual media licensing professionals have the greatest copyright protections and enforcements for their businesses.”
According to Copyright Alliance CEO Keith Kupferschmid, “We are thrilled to welcome DMLA to our membership. Their team works diligently to advocate on behalf of visual media professionals. And we look forward to assisting them in actively protecting the rights of their stakeholders on critical copyright matters.”
ABOUT THE COPYRIGHT ALLIANCE The Copyright Alliance is a non-profit, non-partisan public interest and educational organization representing the copyright interests of over 1.7 million individual creators and over 13,000 organizations in the United States, across the spectrum of copyright disciplines. The Copyright Alliance is dedicated to advocating policies that promote and preserve the value of copyright, and to protecting the rights of creators and innovators. For more information, please visit www.copyrightalliance.org.
Negotiations for modernizing NAFTA begin today, August 16. The Copyright Alliance felt that it was vital that the USTR hears from individual creators and small and medium businesses about the importance of high-standard copyright provisions in the agreement, particularly in light of aggressive lobbying efforts by internet platforms and user groups to water down such provisions. To that end, DMLA participated in a letter to Ambassador Lighthizer on behalf of organizations representing small businesses and individuals highlighting the need for NAFTA to include meaningful copyright protections, effective enforcement, appropriate limitations and exceptions, and safe harbor provisions that incentivize platforms to minimize infringement.
You can read the letter here.
Movies: A Global Passion
The U.S. Copyright Office will present a Copyright Matters program in connection with World Intellectual Property Day on Wednesday, April 23, at 1:45 p.m. This year’s theme, as announced by the World Intellectual Property Organization, is “Movies: A Global Passion.”
The program will feature remarks from Francis Gurry, Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization, and presentations about the many creative components of film and other audiovisual works from members of the Copyright Alliance. The Copyright Alliance is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest and educational organization representing artists, creators, and innovators across the spectrum of copyright.
World Intellectual Property Day, internationally observed on April 26, marks the date in 1970 when the World Intellectual Property Organization Convention came into force. The anniversary of this occasion is observed as a way of promoting and increasing general understanding of intellectual property.
The program will be held in historic Coolidge Auditorium of the Library of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., and is free and open to the public.
April 23, 2014: World Intellectual Property Day celebration at Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
May 1, 2014: Effective date of new Copyright Office fee schedule
May 5, 2014: Public roundtable on “making available” study
May 16, 2014: Due date for comments on current state of the music licensing marketplace
May 21, 2014: New due date for comments on orphan works and mass digitization and responses to public roundtables
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.
Please help us spread the word about this campaign. We will edit the best videos we get into a grassroots message to Congress.