DMLA Tech Initiative Focuses on Strengthening Metadata for Video

The Digital Media Licensing Association’s Technology Committee, as part of its 2020 Initiatives, is focused on metadata preservation for photography and video. The head of the committee, Mark Milstein, CEO of Microstock Solutions, also sits on the IPTC Video Metadata Hub committee, helping the footage licensing industry bridge technical differences on both sides of the Atlantic. […]

Show the Tattoo: Video Game Company Free to Depict Inked Basketball Stars

Four years ago, a company owning rights to tattoo art initiated a copyright infringement lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York asserting that the makers of the popular NBA 2K games infringed its rights by creating avatars of real-life basketball players complete with their tattoos.  Recently, after full discovery […]

Contractual Disruptions: How They Arise and How to Prepare

With the recent spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 and its unprecedented precipitation of social-distancing, work-from-home policies, shelter-in-place orders, and limitations on foreign travel, many individuals may be questioning whether certain contractual obligations are excused. This article provides a primer on the contract concepts of force majeure, impossibility and impracticability, and related provisions that affect, […]

Extraordinary Times Call for an Extraordinary Gathering of Minds

Although our minds are overwhelmed by the current state of affairs, we understand the importance of continuing education and advocacy when it comes to digital media licensing.  The Digital Media Licensing Conference allows you to stay informed and connected with our industry.  Mark your calendar for October 25-27, 2020 for the 25th Annual Digital Media […]

Copyright Owners Bear the Brunt of Protecting Against Piracy, 512(c) Report Finds

On May 21, 2020, the United States Copyright Office published its long awaited 512 (c) report and issued recommendations.  The Copyright Office’s report looks at Congress’ intent in enacting the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which offered service providers safe harbors to provide incentives for internet platforms and copyright owners to cooperate in order to detect […]

Court Upholds Group Registrations but Cuts “Look Back” to Three Years

Appellate Court Decides Important Copyright Issues Regarding Corbis Registrations and “Look Back” Period for Copyright Damages (Sohm v. Scholastic Inc., No. 18-2110, 2020 WL 2375056 (2d Cir. May 12, 2020) In a recent decision that finally resolved two outstanding copyright issues, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals—the appellate court encompassing New York—upheld the validity of […]

Permission Machine Announces Expansion into the UK

Permission Machine bvba has continued its international expansion by opening an office in London, United Kingdom. Permission Machine has offices in Belgium, France, the United States and now the United Kingdom. It will strengthen Permission Machine’s image search and infringement enforcement for all its global clients. The new office will handle all cases in the […]

Visual Steam Names Go-To Licensors in 7th Annual Survey of Creative Pros

VisualSteam Announces the Results of its 7th Annual Survey of Creative Pros: Stock Image Licensing: “Getty Images dominates as the first-stop, go-to visual resource for Creatives Pros.”   NEW YORK, NY April 28, 2020 VisualSteam announces the release of its 7th Annual Survey of Creative Pros: Stock Image Licensing. Survey results provide valuable information to […]

S.D.N.Y. Holds that Publishers May Embed Content Publicly Posted on Instagram Platform

Since the emergence of social media, courts, content creators and publishers alike have been grappling with legal issues concerning the practice of “embedding” copyrighted content.  Following the controversial February 2019 decision in Goldman v. Breitbart News, LLC – rejecting the Ninth Circuit’s “server test” and holding that an embed constitutes a “public display” exposing a […]

DMLA Announces New Executive Director

The Digital Medial Licensing Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Elaine Vitt as Executive Director. Ms. Vitt brings a unique set of skills to DMLA, with significant experience in journalism, international marketing & communications, non-profit trade association management, event planning and content generation. Her strong strategic, communications and administrative skills match the evolving needs […]