The DMLA Board is pleased to announce that the 2017 Conference will be held October 22-24, 2017 at the historic New Yorker Hotel in midtown Manhattan, New York City. More information will be forthcoming, but please mark your calendars and we’ll see you in October!
Starting today we will be posting session reviews from the DMLA 20th Annual Conference held October 25-27th, 2015 in Jersey City, NJ. We have received rave reviews of the conference and the sessions specifically. Whether you attended and missed some of the panels and speakers or missed this year’s event, here is your chance to get a glimpse of the highlights.
The first review is of the Keynote Speaker, Scott Braut, Adobe’s new Head of Content for Digital Media, giving his view of the future of digital licensing. You can read it here.
A special shout-out to the MOCA for covering the sessions for us!
On November 3, Nancy Wolff, DMLA Counsel, attended the Rights Caucus for the House Judiciary Committee in Washington, DC. The event was held in a Judiciary Committee hearing room in the Rayburn House Office Building.
The Creative Rights Caucus is a bi-partisan legislative “listening” committee co-Chaired by Representative Judy Chu (D-CA) and Representative Doug Collins (R-GA). It is dedicated to protecting the rights of content creators. More importantly, the Caucus aims to help the public understand that we cannot judge the entertainment industry by how well famous Hollywood or music stars are doing.
The event was organized by David Trust, Executive Director of the PPA (Professional Photographers of America), who also moderated the panel discussion. Panelists included photographer Denis Reggie, illustrator John Schmelzer, photographer Mary Fisk Taylor, graphic artist Lisa Shaftel, and photographer Michael Grecco.
There was an extraordinary turn-out of approximately 150 people and standing room only in the hearing room.
Afterwards Nancy joined the PPA and other association representatives in meeting some congressional staffers as well as Congressman Hakeen Jeffries of New York about the issues of the image licensing industry and about legislation to support a copyright small claims court and the modernization of the Copyright Office.
On November 10, 2015, Sarah Fix, DMLA President participated in a private meeting in Los Angeles bringing Members of the United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee and their staff together with photographers and photo/visual editors representing ASMP, APA, DMLA and NPPA to discuss the marketplace realities facing professional photographers as small business owners and representatives of the creative class.
Organized and moderated by ASMP Executive Director, Tom Kennedy, it was a lively discussion covering a wide range of topics of concern to photographers including:
- Modernization of the Copyright Office and the need to simplify copyright registration.
- The creation of a Copyright Small Claims Court as a remedy for infringements that cannot realistically be pursued within the Federal court system.
- The proliferation of infringement fostered by digital distribution systems and the commercial harm caused by such rampant infringements.
- The challenges presented by “click-bait” sites whose entire business models are built around intentional infringement.
The House Committee seemed to respond well to the first-hand accounts from the presenters and generally agreeable to the ideas shared at the meeting including the Copyright Small Claims Court. It seemed clear that their legislative solutions would include individual creators.
Paul Melcher’s review of Visual Steam’s 2015 Buyer’s Survey gives great insight to some of the highlights of this year’s results. DMLA was one of the sponsors of the survey which always provides a wealth of information to our industry; it is free to all DMLA members. You can read Paul’s analysis here.
Building upon the success compiled throughout the past two decades, DMLA (formerly PACA), is returning to New York for its 20th Annual Conference from October 25-27, 2015. Attend informative sessions, meet with colleagues, connect with content providers, see clients and mix in a little time to have some fun too. Manhattan provides the perfect backdrop for an event that promises to deliver key insights to help your business today and for years to come. Our program will take place at the beautiful Hyatt Regency, Jersey City.
In honor of all that’s changed, yet remained the same since we started these conferences (including our name), this year’s theme is Unplug, Connect & Engage. This event presents a challenge to remove yourself from office walls, multi-tasking screens and endless messages. Make time to meet with the people that shape your industry in person. There is free table space and several casual spots in the bar and throughout the hotel to network. Join colleagues for drinks, break or lunch and reward yourself while building your business.
Our annual conference is renowned for providing insights on innovation, true inspiration and pivotal information to help your company. It’s impossible to stay current on everything that is going on in our ever-evolving industry. We bring the most important material to you through educational panels, keynote speakers and workshops.
This year offers an exceptional line-up of sessions and speakers. Discussions include:
- Buyers Panel: The Death of Stock: More and more, we hear about the death of stock. We bring together buyers, tech companies and influencers to discuss how in their search for authenticity, buyers are leaving stock photo agencies to find images in the vast UGC world.
- The future of video licensing: A panel of video suppliers and video customers discuss how they are using video today, trends in the marketplace, learning curves of adopting stock video, and anticipate mobile adoption.
- The mobile revolution: Hear how mobile technologies are enhancing the way media sellers are approaching their selling experience and streamlining/promoting image submissions to mobile users. What has been working, what hasn’t? What has it taken to get their mobile technology going? Leading industry colleagues will share their experiences.
- The business of “free”: Free stock photo websites are gaining huge popularity. This panel, composed of the founders and ceo’s of leading platforms, will explore the reason for their traction, their business models and if they are a threat to the stock photo licensing world.
- The elusive right of Display: The evolution of thumbnails as part of image search to the display high resolution images. Are websites using technology to avoid licensing? Does the law support this or has it gone too far? Is it time to rethink the server test that permits the use of image display by framing an image from the original source?
- On-Demand-Photography: Crowdsourcing photography to find content “on-demand.” Setting bounties for acquiring photos directly from photographers via technology innovations.
- The Fireside Chat: After decades spent chasing real people in stock and endlessly parsing authentic styling, comes “real photography”. We’re twenty years into the the digital revolution but still only beginning to understand what the new technologies are doing for photography. This year’s DMLA fireside chat will be less a cozy reflection and more of a raging blaze of ideas that will inspire and alarm in equal measure. The participants will examine several different meanings of “real photography”, but all fueled by the white heat of technology: user generated content, computational imagery, deep data, automated tagging and more, all in the search of real value for tomorrow’s image users.
- and much more……
Enjoy breathtaking views and world-class accommodations at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Jersey City. This iconic hotel is a short PATH train or ferry ride to the World Trade Center and the heart of NYC. Attendees take advantage of an amazing $279** per night rate.
Early Bird Registration ends Friday, July 17th. Register today to get the lowest possible rates.
To provide even more benefits, DMLA is teaming up again with Visual Connections to make this a four-day industry event. After the curtain falls on the 20th Annual Conference, Visual Connections will turning on the lights at the Metropolitan Pavilion in NYC on October 28.
Here is quick rundown of events:
- Evening of October 25 – DMLA Opening Meet and Greet
- October 26-27 DMLA Conference
- Evening of October 27 – Annual Party with Conference Attendees, Clients & Photographers
- October 28 – Visual Connections
Contact Cathy Aron, DMLA Executive Director, for urgent inquiries at +1-714-815-8427 or email@example.com.
My go to sources for inspiration are: Kinfolk Magazine, Monocle magazine, Zite app., and I know this sounds like a shameless plug but the Blend Images blog has fine art contributors that have daily posts about new artists that are fantastic.
I get fixated on specific subjects that take me down various paths for inspiration. I’m a huge Mid-Century modern fan and a member of the Los Angeles Conservancy.
- Julius Shulman (there are many other books of his work that are less expensive)
- Graphic design by Saul Bass
- Architecture by John Lautner, Neutra, Donald Wexler, E. Stewart Williams
Case Study Homes
- The movie A Single Man
- Alexander Girard hardcover book by Todd Oldham
- Just Kids by Patti Smith inspired a more in-depth view of the early days of 70’s punk/art in NY and their inspirations.
- Please kill me: An Oral History of Punk Rock
We asked Sarah about her wishlist for the holidays: Wishlist for Xmas — Sebastião Selgado: Genesis photo book. I had the opportunity to see the prints in person at the International Center of Photography, NYC in October. If I can’t get an actual print, the book is the next best thing!
If Santa is feeling generous I’ll take a Donald Wexler home in Palm Springs… I’ve been really good.
Sarah Fix, VP Creative and Member of Blend Images, LLC, is responsible for overall creative direction, marketing and photographer development. She began her career in stock photography in 1993 at Westlight and held prestigious posts at Corbis, Brand X and PictureArts before joining Blend Images. Sarah is currently serving as President of PACA/Digital Media Licensing Association and has lectured extensively about commercial content creation and stock library production in the United States and abroad.