Membership

We all benefit when we make our world larger.

DMLA makes its mark by representing those who own, manage and license digital media content. We advocate, inform, educate and connect digital media professionals

Joining your industry association should be easy and we've worked to streamline the process. Just click through the tabs below to access all the pertinent membership information.

Motion and Still Content Owners/Licensors
  • Creators
  • Stock Agencies
  • Production Companies
  • Museums
  • Art Institutes
  • Historical Societies
  • Corporations with Image Collections/Libraries
Industry Vendors
  • Software Providers
  • DAM Providers
  • Keywording Services
  • Business Consulting
Informed Individuals
  • Executives
  • Licensors
  • Creators

(Essentially anyone needing to stay informed on issues relating to content, rights, and licensing.)

 

Advocacy

championing our members' interests

As an association DMLA can speak for the industry as a whole and advocate on behalf on members with a greater impact than any one member can achieve independently. DMLA actively supports legislation and cases that have an impact on the content licensing industry on both a state and federal level including support for copyright protection and enforcement, as well as state legislation regarding rights of publicity and privacy. We provide industry perspective in active cases that may affect the industry by filing or joining amicus briefs on issues that impact members. In addition, we collaborate with “sister” organizations in the EU and UK in areas of common interest to effect policies that promote a healthy content licensing. DMLA frequently responds to requests for information from the Copyright Office, and is a member of the Copyright Alliance, an organization that advocates for the creative industries in general. DMLA works closely with a coalition of other visual associations, responding to requests for Notice of Inquiries from the Copyright Office and we are currently working with Congress in support of the CASE Act, which would provide a copyright small claims tribunal for a cost effective alternative forum to Federal Court to enforce typical copyright infringement claims that face the industry in this digital environment.

Education Resource Library

LEGAL FORMS AND MORE

FDMLA provides a “starter” kit of the forms a member needs to enter the industry, including contributor agreements, distribution agreements, license agreements, releases, privacy policies and website terms, that are updated as needed. DMLA has a robust library of webinars and educational videos on an array of issues including legal, marketing and technology as well as videos of past conference sessions. Webinars on hot topics such as Copyright, Fair Use, Representations, Warranties & Indemnifications, etc. are available to be shared with all individuals associated with any member, as well as the members contributor and customer community. DMLA provides a list of subjects or properties that may have additional restrictions for clearances, so members can better serve their users.

DMLA Annual Conference

share and learn

👥Starting in 1995, the DMLA Conference draws attendee from around the globe to its outstanding education program focused on the vital issues facing the digital media licensing industry and to make connections with potential trade partners and vendors. The conference invites leaders from within and outside the industry to educate and challenge us in all areas of marketing, technology changes, business as well as our annual legal update from the DMLA legal committee.

DMLA Blog

stay informed

The DMLA blog keeps members updated about news that impacts the industry. The blog features regular legal updates from our counsel, Nancy Wolff, a recognized leader in the field of US copyright law. These legal updates, combined with DMLA Committee news, industry news and member information, keep our members informed and connected.

DMLAsearch

bringing you the business

LA mega meta-search engine that enables buyers to perform keyword queries of 160 million images in a fraction of a second. Aided by a predictive text menu and built-in disambiguation of homographs and capitonyms, it can search dozens of still and motion archives in just seconds. FREE to all DMLA General Members!

 
General Member

General Membership includes voting privileges, DMLAsearch and is open to any individual or entity that:

  • Manages, owns, or produces digital media content made available for licensing and distribution
  • Signs off on the DMLA Code of Ethics as specified in the membership application form
  • Fulfills membership requirements as set by the Membership Committee, approved by the Executive Committee, and which are communicated to the membership

Annual Dues: Varies by number of employees. See online application form or call for more information.

Corporate Member

Corporate Membership includes voting privileges, DMLAsearch and is open to any individual or entity that:

  • Manages, owns, or produces digital media content made available for licensing and distribution
  • Is part of a larger corporate whose whose mission is not digital media
  • Signs off on the DMLA Code of Ethics as specified in the membership application form
  • Fulfills membership requirements as set by the Membership Committee, approved by the Executive Committee, and which are communicated to the membership.

Annual Dues: $2500.00 USD

International Member

International Membership is open to any individual or entity that meets the requirements of General Membership but does not staff an office in the United States or Canada. International Members do not have voting rights.

Annual Dues: $565.00 USD

Associate Member

An Individual membership for photographers, buyers and others that would like to stay informed on the licensing of digital media. This is not a company level membership. The individual must not qualify for or work for a company that qualifies for another membership level and does not represent content from other creators. The individual does not market a service to our membership. The Associate Member is not a voting member of DMLA and will not participate in DMLAsearch but the other benefits of membership apply.

Annual Dues: $350.00 USD

Sponsor

Corporate Sponsorship is open to any entity that serves or supports the content industry.

  • $2500 USD Includes Committee membership, one free attendee at one DMLA event, website link, and listing in DMLA promotional material.