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ASMP Board Selects Tom Kennedy As Executive Director

By Jim Pickerell | 383 Words | Posted 10/21/2014 | Comments
The Board of Directors of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) has announced the selection of Thomas R. Kennedy as the Society's Executive Director, effective January 1, 2015. Kennedy is an internationally known visual communicator with extensive experience in print and online journalism.

CEPIC 2015 Congress Scheduled For Warsaw

By Jim Pickerell | 224 Words | Posted 9/30/2014 | Comments
The next CEPIC International Congress will be held in Warsaw on June 3rd through 6th, 2015. The CEPIC Congress is the premier annual event where stock agencies and image distributors from around the world meet to conduct business and get updated on the latest trends in the stock photography industry.

Stock Footage Industry Survey Underway

By Jim Pickerell | 558 Words | Posted 9/29/2014 | Comments
ACSIL and Thriving Archives have teamed up again to conduct the ACSIL Global Survey of Stock Footage Companies 3 (AGS3). Like their two previous collaborations, the AGS3 will explore and assess overall business conditions within the stock footage industry, discover how things are getting done, track evolving trends and provide strategic, action-oriented data to footage industry leaders. All footage companies worldwide are invited to participate.

PACA Annual Conference Program Announced

By Jim Pickerell | 444 Words | Posted 8/20/2014 | Comments
PACA (the Digital Media Licensing Association) has announced some of the panelist and speakers for this years conference that will be held in New York from Sunday, October 19th through October 21st.  For more details check this link.

Google Favors Pirate Sites Over Those That License Images Legally

By Jim Pickerell | 352 Words | Posted 7/28/2014 | Comments
On July 19, 2014 the TV channel France24 broadcasted a comprehensive 11 minute report on "Why Google is annoying/ Pourquoi Google nous agace." This report has been translated into English and can be found here.

EU Likely To Revise Google Antitrust Decision

By Jim Pickerell | 269 Words | Posted 7/24/2014 | Comments
Back in February European Union antitrust regulators reached a settlement with Google in an unfair competition investigation that had been going on since 2010.

NPPA Best of Photojournalism (BoP) Awards

By Jim Pickerell | 740 Words | Posted 7/21/2014 | Comments
The Palm Beach Photographic Centre (PBPC), has invited the public to participate in the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) 2014 Best of Journalism Awards Show on August 8th and a full Education + Community Day on August 9th with TED-style panel discussions.

CEPIC Congress 2014 Berlin A Huge Success

By Jim Pickerell | 312 Words | Posted 6/18/2014 | Comments
Every year CEPIC brings together picture agencies from all over the world and becomes, for a few days, the Center of the Picture Industry. This year's Congress had over 500 participants from 35 countries and 280 agencies. It was held in the heart of Berlin, a few blocks away from the Brandenburger Tor. 

Advertising Trends – Info From PACA Webinar

By Jim Pickerell | 388 Words | Posted 6/13/2014 | Comments
PACA has just released a summary of it Sales Webinar that was conducted in May. The panel consisted of Leslie Hughes from Visual Steam, Candice Murray for Condé Nast and Sonia Wasco from Grant Heilman Photography. You can see the notes and view the power point presentation from the webinar here.

Change In PACA Executive Board Leadership

By Jim Pickerell | 295 Words | Posted 6/2/2014 | Comments
PACA, the Digital Media Licensing Association, has announced that Steve Spelman, incoming PACA President for the 2014 to 2016 term, has made the decision to resign from his position after leaving Corbis. Sarah Fix who has been serving as Vice President will take over the President's duties.

Niche: A Topic For CEPIC

By Jim Pickerell | 868 Words | Posted 5/28/2014 | Comments
The CEPIC Congress in Berlin will start in about a week. Many of the attendees will be focused on finding other agents to represent and market their collections. For the most part that means that smaller libraries will be trying to get their small collection included in the massive collection of larger distributor (LD). Maybe it should be the other way around.

CEPIC Congress

By Jim Pickerell | 616 Words | Posted 5/23/2014 | Comments
More than that 500 participants from more than 250 agencies and 33 countries will attend the CEPIC Congress in Berlin from June 5th through June 7th 2014. If you are not planning to attend check out what you will be missing.

BVPA Members Reject CEPIC Image Finder

By Jim Pickerell | 777 Words | Posted 5/21/2014 | Comments
The annual general meeting of the German Association of Professional Image Suppliers (BVPA) has voted with a strong majority (only one dissenting vote) against supporting the CEPIC projects CIF and RDI. The panel came to the conclusion that the expected benefits of the projects, as presented at the meeting, do not outweigh the expected expense and risks.

EANA Supporting CEPIC Antitrust Complaint Against Google

By Jim Pickerell | 583 Words | Posted 5/20/2014 | Comments
The European News Agency Alliance (EANA) has joined the global coalition that supports a formal antitrust complaint against Google’s that has been filed with at the EU Commission. The complaint deals with the unlicensed use of third party pictures and was filed by CEPIC on 8 November 2013 on behalf of thousands of photographers and picture agencies.

ACSIL Elects New Co-Presidents, Hires New Executive Director

By Jim Pickerell | 358 Words | Posted 5/2/2014 | Comments
The Association of Commercial Stock Image Licensors (ACSIL), a trade association serving the interests of the world’s leading archival footage and stock licensors, has announced its newly elected Co-Presidents: Max Segal and Clara Fon-Sing.

2014 CEPIC Congress In Berlin

By Jim Pickerell | 262 Words | Posted 4/9/2014 | Comments
The CEPIC Congress scheduled to be held in Berlin on June 4 through 7, 2014 is less than 2 months away. Already nearly 350 stock photo agents and industry suppliers are signed up to attend. For a full conference program see here.

PACA On Image Embedding

By Jim Pickerell | 343 Words | Posted 3/24/2014 | Comments
PACA’s mission has always been to support a healthy and sustainable market for licensing the use of photographic images, as well as to encourage and support innovative ways for photography to be legally used in the rapidly changing marketplace.  Clearly, models for licensing of photography have had a difficult time keeping pace with changes brought on by the Internet, social media, and the blogosphere.

Will Getty Insist On Keeping Contributors In The Dark?

By Jim Pickerell | 715 Words | Posted 3/11/2014 | Comments
Photographers, illustrators, Getty’s Image Partners (stock agencies), and trade associations representing Getty photographers should be asking Getty to supply creators with a limited amount of the data collected when Getty embeds creator's images on a web site for FREE.

Speaking Up Makes A Difference

By Jim Pickerell | 353 Words | Posted 2/14/2014 | Comments
Recently PACA published a letter from Past President Robert Henson about how Microsoft “has taken the bold step of promoting the theft of images online. Through its newly revamped Office product.” Through its “Office Help” function Microsoft advised users looking for images to “Use Bing to get images.”  Bing made finding images easy and implied that anything found was free to use.

Google Wins: Google Books Does Not Violate Copyright Law

By Jim Pickerell | 416 Words | Posted 11/21/2013 | Comments
Judge Denny Chin in Southern District of New York has ruled that Google Books provides a public benefit and is a fair use of copyrighted material. He ruled that the Google Books project doesn’t violate copyright law and dismissed the eight-year-old lawsuit against Google.

Changing Stock Photography World

By Jim Pickerell | 1539 Words | Posted 11/19/2013 | Comments
As happens every fall there is a whirlwind of photo conferences – PACA Annual Conference, Visual Connection and PhotoPlusExpo (all in New York), and this year Microstock Expo in Berlin. In light of everything I’ve seen and heard between October 20 and November 17, 2013 I’ve provided a few observations as to where I think the stock photo industry is headed.

CEPIC Submits EU Antitrust Complaint Against Google Images

By Jim Pickerell | 1483 Words | Posted 11/13/2013 | Comments
On behalf of thousands of photographers and picture agencies CEPIC, the Center of the Picture Industry has submitted a formal antitrust complaint against Google’s use of third-party images before the European Commission. The complaint was submitted on 8 November 2013 and supported by an unprecedented coalition of European and US trade associations representing thousands of photographers and picture agencies worldwide.

Visual Connections New York 2013 ‘The Best in Years’

By Jim Pickerell | 300 Words | Posted 10/30/2013 | Comments
The stock visual media industry is seeing a pick-up after the longest downturn in living memory. Visual Connections New York, the world’s largest marketing event devoted to commercial licensing of visual media, drew more buyers and exhibitors this year than in 2012. Buyers could learn about 72 different stock agency brands from around the world, including 21 new to New York and 22 from outside the US (Canada, UK, Germany, Sweden and Argentina).

Stock Photography: Flawed Business Model

By Jim Pickerell | 969 Words | Posted 10/29/2013 | Comments
Stock photography is changing rapidly. The most serious issues facing stock photographers are:
    they have no idea who their potential customers are;
    they don’t know what their customers are looking for in the way of images; and
    they don’t understand how their customer’s businesses are changing.

PACA And Cengage Develop New Licensing Strategy For Educational Use

By Jim Pickerell | 1356 Words | Posted 9/30/2013 | Comments
Given the changing and growing demands publishers are facing when developing an educational program, PACA’s Editorial Relations Committee and Cengage Learning have worked together to create a new “Preferred Provider” Insert License Agreement that helps meet the publisher’s needs while providing image vendors of a better understanding of how their images are being used.