DMLA Publishes Google Images Survey Results

By Jim Pickerell | 409 Words | Posted 10/25/2019 | Comments
The DMLA is publishing the initial results of our first Google Images Survey in anticipation of our 24th Annual DMLA Conference in LA. With our members representing over 80% of North American image and video licensing, and more than a third of our respondents C-level executives, the survey will provide the DMLA with data and member consensus to guide future engagement, advocacy and educational efforts.

PicRights Expands Copyright Enforcement Network

By Jim Pickerell | 175 Words | Posted 10/25/2019 | Comments
PicRights Europe GmbH has expanded its enforcement network. To bolster their growing enforcement activities in Austria, Germany, Switzerland and the Czech Republic, PicRights has added an experienced team in Vienna, Austria. As the newest enforcement partner, PicRights Austria will augment the long-established network in major markets in Europe, North America, India, Africa, South America and the Middle East, further cementing PicRights’ dedication to wide-ranging geographical coverage of key markets around the world for its clients.

CASE Act Passes U.S. House of Representatives

By Jim Pickerell | 99 Words | Posted 10/25/2019 | Comments
The CASE Act, H.R. 2426, passed in the House of Representatives this week by an
overwhelmingly by a vote of 410-6. The bill still needs to pass through the Senate (and then be signed by the President) before it can be enacted into law.

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.

Shutterstock Releases Background Removal Tool

By Jim Pickerell | 232 Words | Posted 10/9/2019 | Comments
Shutterstock has released a background removal tool as part Shutterstock Editor users can now easily remove the background from any image in the Shutterstock collection or their own images. (Shutterstock images must be purchased before they can be modified.)

Shutterstock Launches Reverse Image Search For Video

By Jim Pickerell | 361 Words | Posted 10/3/2019 | Comments
Shutterstock’s ongoing efforts to make the creative life of its customers easier continues with the launch of reverse image search for video. This new feature makes it faster than ever to find exactly the right video clip in Shutterstock’s footage library.

Shutterstock Custom Launches Smart Brief

By Jim Pickerell | 442 Words | Posted 10/2/2019 | Comments
Shutterstock, Inc. has launched Smart Brief, a new streamlined and guided experience to make it easier for photo users to quickly and efficiently improve the quality of the brief for a photo shoot. With this update, clients spend less time inputting briefs and more time leveraging collaboration tools to quickly obtain high-quality branded content and reduce the approval process time.

Global List Of Newspapers

By Jim Pickerell | 132 Words | Posted 9/26/2019 | Comments
A reader recently pointed me to a comprehensive index of global newspapers that may be of some use to readers. Links are provided to each publication. This index seems to be very thorough in its listing of publications in smaller countries, but when it comes to major market it seems to only list major national publication and few, if any, of the smaller local and regional publications.

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.

House of Pictures Joins Image Professionals

By Jim Pickerell | 354 Words | Posted 9/24/2019 | Comments
House of Pictures, the Copenhagen based interior and lifestyle feature agency, will become a brand of Image Professionals GmbH on October 1st, 2019. Pernille Schlosser, the founder and Managing Director will remain on board and in charge of the widely recognized boutique agency. House of Pictures, founded by Pernille Schlosser in 2000, is matching feature stories with high-end lifestyle publications around the world.

The Image Works Closing Soon

By Jim Pickerell | 196 Words | Posted 9/24/2019 | Comments
The Image Works CEO Mark Antman has announced that after thirty-six years of operation The Image Works will be closing in the near future. He added, "We have had a fantastic run, but it is time for me to close the business, retire and move on."

Releases At Alamy

By Jim Pickerell | 167 Words | Posted 9/24/2019 | Comments
Alamy has told contributors that they no longer need them to supply copies of releases when the images are submitted. However, they advise that it is best if the contributor would indicate in the Alamy Image Manager under the optional information tab that a release is accessible. Then the customer can request to see the release if it is needed.

Ad Downturn

By Jim Pickerell | 54 Words | Posted 9/24/2019 | Comments
According to AdAge Brian Wieser, global president of business intelligence at WPP’s Groupm, weighed in with a blog post last week, saying “advertising growth is looking neutral to negative versus last year, with recent trends likely to continue.” Marketers, he stated, “need to be prepared for a downturn.” For more information see the full story.

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.

AI Headshots Will Replace Real Photos

By Jim Pickerell | 402 Words | Posted 9/20/2019 | Comments
A huge percentage of ads both in print and online use portraits of someone who is using or endorsing the product or service in the add.  Shutterstock has 134,636 headshots in its collection and AdobeStock has 156,560. Many of these individual frames show 16 to 25 different headshots in the frame so the total variations is much greater. Alamy has 107,506 women and 62,011 men headshots. Getty has a total of 1,156,443 images with the keyword “headshot.”  

States Can Use Your Copyrighted Photos For Free

By Jim Pickerell | 1083 Words | Posted 9/11/2019 | Comments
Did you know that U.S. States can sometimes use your copyrighted photos for free? The case of Allen v Cooper heading to the Supreme Court in November will test this right. Rick Gell, interim Executive Director of the DMLA has interviewed the association’s  Senior Legal Counsel Nancy Wolff of CDAS to try to understand how the state of North Carolina could claim this right and why the case has gotten all the way to the Supreme Court.

House Judiciary Committee Passes CASE Act

By Jim Pickerell | 255 Words | Posted 9/11/2019 | Comments
On September 10th the House Judiciary Committee unanimously passed by voice vote the Manager's Amendment to H.R. 2426, the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2019 (CASE Act). This legislation will provide U.S. creators with a viable means for defending their copyrighted works through the creation of a small claims tribunal within the U.S. Copyright Office.

Making Money With RF

By Jim Pickerell | 333 Words | Posted 9/4/2019 | Comments (2)
In response to my story RM Licensing No Longer Makes Sense Peter George Unger commented, “I have 9,200 images with Getty and every single one is RM. I am making on average $15,000 per year from them. Can you honestly tell me I can make more money than that on pathetic RF prices? for which they pay $0.25 cents per download. Which library would pay more then 15K on RF prices?

PhotoShelter And Greenfly Announce Strategic Partnership

By Jim Pickerell | 531 Words | Posted 9/4/2019 | Comments
Libris by PhotoShelter and Greenfly Inc. have announced a strategic partnership to empower effortless content sharing across social media. This relationship unites Libris’ digital asset management platform for visual storytelling with Greenfly’s new product, Greenfly Connect, which fully automates the last-mile content workflow for social media. With the power of Libris and Greenfly, brands can now tap into the networks of their influencers and exponentially boost their reach across social platforms.

AdobeStock Revenue

By Jim Pickerell | 510 Words | Posted 9/4/2019 | Comments
For a long time, I’ve been trying to get some idea of the revenue AdobeStock generates annually. Adobe doesn’t share that information, but I’ve finally arrived at a strategy that may help. I’ve contacted a few of Adobe’s major contributors and asked them what their total royalty earnings were from Adobe in the last year and the total number of images they have in the collection.

Science Photo Library

By Jim Pickerell | 88 Words | Posted 9/4/2019 | Comments
Science Photo Library has announced a change in its distribution and future presence in the French market. As of September they launched sciencephoto.fr to further strengthen their presence.

StockFood Becomes Image Professionals

By Jim Pickerell | 428 Words | Posted 8/27/2019 | Comments
Effective September 1, 2019, StockFood will become Image Professionals. The Munich-based media service provider StockFood GmbH originally focused on food photography, but has continuously expanded its scope of business in recent years and is now emerging with a new company name. Image Professionals will bring together all of the company's specialized agencies and services. However, only the company is being renamed. StockFood, the food photo agency, will remain unaffected.

Brand Magazines May Be New Market

By Jim Pickerell | 332 Words | Posted 8/22/2019 | Comments
Many brands are finding that their Internet marketing is not working as well as it did a year or so ago. The brands pay Google, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other web hosting services huge amounts of money to target potential customers with pop-up ads that often don’t seem to generate much in additional sales. Brands like Airbnb, Away, Bumble, Callaway Golf, REI Co-op and Goose Island Beer Co. are developing custom, specialized magazines that focus on what their brand has to offer. If this trend grows it may offer new work for assignment photographers with specialized connections or skills.

Photos Of Amazon Fires

By Jim Pickerell | 150 Words | Posted 8/22/2019 | Comments
It’s bad enough that social media users are grabbing photos they find on the Internet and using them without compensation or credit, but they are also using them in ways that totally mis-represents the story the image creator was trying to tell. Increasingly, not only is it impossible to believe anything you READ on the Internet, you can’t even believe anything you SEE on it either.