Associations

Creating Model Releases With AI

By Jim Pickerell | 662 Words | Posted 10/10/2019 | Comments
Visual AI can do some incredible things. In 2019, using off-the-shelf AI and Machine Learning solutions from multiple vendors, media licensors can automatically tag massive image libraries, find landmarks or logos in images, and even get full-text captions that read like they were written by a person.  Optical Character Recognition (OCR) can pull text out of an image--even if it’s handwritten, or on some tiny visual element, like a road sign - and automatically translate it into 100+ languages.

DMLA Google Images Member Survey

By Jim Pickerell | 465 Words | Posted 10/9/2019 | Comments
At CEPIC’s annual conference in Paris this June, Google Images’ Product Lead, Francois Spies, presented new functionality in development and expressed Google’s desire to work more closely with organizations like CEPIC and DMLA. These were encouraging words, on the heels of last years’ announcement at the DMLA’s 23rd Annual Conference of Google’s adoption of long-fought-for IPTC metadata fields.

DMLA 24th Annual Conference

By Jim Pickerell | 492 Words | Posted 9/26/2019 | Comments
The 24th Annual DMLA Conference will focus on “seizing the opportunity” as the content-streaming arms race generates more visual media production and visual content licensing - than ever imagined. The program will include 2 Keynotes, 6 full sessions and 15 roundtables delving into new technologies, sales and marketing strategies, hot legal topics, deep-dive educational opportunities and successful new business models with all-day networking and evening events sponsored by Google and PicRights.

DMLA Annual Conference October 27-29

By Jim Pickerell | 607 Words | Posted 9/20/2019 | Comments
The 24th Annual Digital Media Licensing Association Conference will convene at the Marriott Marina del Rey in Los Angeles on October 27 - 29. This is a must attend event for senior officials from organizations in the business of licensing rights to stock images. For the entire program schedule check out this link.

Creative Pros Use Of Free Content Goes Up

By Jim Pickerell | 273 Words | Posted 8/15/2019 | Comments
According to Leslie Hughes, Founder & CEO of iSPY Visuals, Inc.45% of Creative Pros are using FREE (CC0) content. Similar percentages are using microstock.  Leslie also operates Visualsteam where she conducts regular buyer surveys in an effort get a better understanding of the developing and changing needs for photos and illustrations. Check out this link for more information about Visualsteam’s 6th Annual Survey of Image Buyer.

Cathy Aron Retiring As DMLA Executive Director

By Jim Pickerell | 233 Words | Posted 8/9/2019 | Comments
Cathy Aron will be retiring as Executive Director of DMLA in the fall and Rick Gell will be taking over her duties. Over the summer Rick will be acting as Interim Executive Director as Cathy assists in the transition one day a week.

CEPIC Congress In Paris June 5 – 7

By Jim Pickerell | 780 Words | Posted 5/6/2019 | Comments
It is less than one month until the annual CEPIC Congress convenes in Paris on June 5 thru 7, 2019. Each year this event is the single most important meeting of people from all over the world who are engaged in the picture licensing industry.

ACSIL: Footage Revenue Worldwide $570 Million

By Jim Pickerell | 2047 Words | Posted 5/3/2019 | Comments
ACSIL and Thriving Archives have completed their fourth Global Survey of Stock Footage Companies (AGS4) since 2007 and estimate worldwide stock footage revenue in 2018 at $570 million, more than double what it was in 2007. Data for the survey launched in July 2018 was collected from 84 of the estimated 415 footage licensing companies worldwide.

CEPIC Disappointed With Aspects Of EU Copyright Directive

By Jim Pickerell | 278 Words | Posted 2/25/2019 | Comments
CEPIC expresses its extreme disappointment at the EU copyright Directive as we see that last minute compromises were reached that will directly hurt CEPIC members specialized in fine art, history and vintage photography. Some of these libraries are attached to cultural institutions and contribute to their financing – this not only by “selling postcards” as the agreed compromise text implies.

ACSIL Announces CLEAR Panel For Meet-Up

By Jim Pickerell | 938 Words | Posted 10/16/2018 | Comments
ACSIL, Association of Commercial Stock Footage Licensors, has provided more information about the ACSIL and CLEAR panalists for its West Coast Footage Meet-Up in Los Angeles on Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 2pm to 7pm. The event will be held at Getty Images, Los Angeles, 6300 Wilshire Blvd, 16th Floor. For more about Meet-Up see here. Attendance for footage buyers is free.

ACSIL Announces IDA Panel For Meet-UP

By Jim Pickerell | 137 Words | Posted 10/10/2018 | Comments
ACSIL, Association of Commercial Stock Footage Licensors, has announce the IDA panalists for its West Coast Footage Meet-Up in Los Angeles on Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 2pm to 7pm. The event will be held at Getty Images, Los Angeles, 6300 Wilshire Blvd, 16th Floor.

ACSIL Los Angeles Meet-Up

By Jim Pickerell | 274 Words | Posted 8/15/2018 | Comments
ACSIL, Association of Commercial Stock Footage Licensors, has organized a Footage Meet-Up in Los Angeles on October 20, 2018, just before the start of the DMLA Conference that will be held October 21st to 23rd. The Footage Meet-Up will be held at the Getty Images office in LA at 6300 Wilshire Blvd on the 16th Floor from 2pm to 7pm. Attendance for footage buyers is Free, but due to limited space registration will be required. If you are interested in attending go here before September 17, 2018 to register.

2018 DMLA Conference in LA

By Jim Pickerell | 545 Words | Posted 8/7/2018 | Comments
The annual Digital Media Licensing Association (DMLA) conference will be held in Los Angeles this year on October 21-23, 2018 at the Marriott Marina del Rey Hotel. The hotel is within walking distance of the vibrant and eclectic Venice Beach and just a short drive from the gorgeous Santa Monica Beach.

Will EU’s Article 13 Help Photographers?

By Jim Pickerell | 855 Words | Posted 6/25/2018 | Comments
Last week, the European Parliament’s Committee on Legal Affairs approved amendments to the EU’s Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. EU’s Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. Among the amendments approved was Article 13.

CEPIC Congress Coming In Berlin

By Jim Pickerell | 263 Words | Posted 4/25/2018 | Comments
It’s about a month before the 2018 CEPIC Congress, the premier annual meeting of commercial still and moving image suppliers, will take place from 30 May to 1 June at the Maritim proArte hotel in Berlin. Currently 250 delegates from 150 companies and 29 countries are scheduled to attend.

Trade Organizations In Europe Call On EU To Stop Framing

By Jim Pickerell | 1164 Words | Posted 3/15/2018 | Comments
In a joint letter to the European Parliament Legal Affairs Committee these trade organizations CEPIC, EFJ, EVA, and Pyramide Europe are calling European legislators to urgently correct the theory of law used by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) involving the use of framing/embedding technology on the Internet.

Visual Connections For Sale

By Jim Pickerell | 585 Words | Posted 10/25/2017 | Comments
After ten years running Visual Connections LLC, co-owners Deborah Free and Edward Leigh have decided to make it available for acquisition.

Stock Photo Prices: The Future

By Jim Pickerell | 1277 Words | Posted 9/28/2017 | Comments
This story is FREE. Feel free to pass it along to anyone interested in licensing their work as stock photography. On October 23rd at the DMLA 2017 Conference in New York there will be a panel discussion on Stock Photo Prices and whether there is anything that can be done to raise them -- even slightly. I will moderate the discussion.

Can Prices Be Raised?

By Jim Pickerell | 1139 Words | Posted 9/14/2017 | Comments
In a little over a month I will be moderating a panel discussion at the DMLA 2017 Conference in New York on the subject Prices: Can We Raise Them? Stock photo prices have been declining for years, partially due to oversupply. Must prices continue to fall? Is there a strategy for charging more, to enough customers, that production of new images will become a viable business option for more producers? If so, how? What’s the strategy? If not, will that impact contributor supply? What alternatives are there for agencies to grow their business?”

Demand For Assistance In Pursuing Copyright Abuse Increases

By Jim Pickerell | 504 Words | Posted 8/16/2017 | Comments
Increasingly, image creators are turning to online service providers to provide assistance and support in pursuing copyright abuse. Copytrack is seeing rising customer demand in both Japan and the U.S. Marcus Schmitt, Copytrack CEO, attributes the heightened demand to the Berlin-based portal’s strong international involvement in Asian and US congresses, and associations, such as Japan Professional Photographer Society and the Digital Media Licensing Association in New York.

Photo Week In New York

By Jim Pickerell | 506 Words | Posted 7/7/2017 | Comments
It’s time to start thinking about Photo Week in New York, October 22nd through 28th. It all starts with the Digital Media Licensing Association (DMLA) conference beginning Sunday night through Tuesday. Then on Wednesday the 25th is Visual Connections. Technically, the PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo begins on Wednesday the 25th, but the trade show doesn’t really open until Thursday the 26th and runs for three full days through the 28th.

CEPIC 2017 Takeaways

By Jim Pickerell | 1382 Words | Posted 6/21/2017 | Comments
I’ve just returned from the 2017 CEPIC Congress in Berlin. Here are eight of my takeaways from the conference.

New CEPIC Executive Board (2017-2019)

By Jim Pickerell | 64 Words | Posted 6/21/2017 | Comments
On June 14th a new CEPIC executive board was elected to serve two years terms. Alfonso Gutierrez of AGE Fotostock, current president of CEPIC was elected to another two year term.

Future Growth Potential For Stock Video

By Jim Pickerell | 818 Words | Posted 6/8/2017 | Comments
One of the big questions in today’s stock photo industry is the future potential for stock video use. Recently, the Digital Media Licensing Association (DMLA) conducted a webinar on this subject. A video is available here.

Open Letter To CEPIC Attendees

By Jim Pickerell | 530 Words | Posted 6/2/2017 | Comments
In less than two weeks representatives from the major stock photo agencies and distributors from around the world will be meeting at the CEPIC Congress in Berlin. The stock photo industry has changed dramatically in the last decade or two and faces major challenges as it moves ahead.