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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Digital Media Licensors relate pain caused by COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered normal business, more than 30 members of the Digital Media Licensing Association (DMLA) shared the effects the crisis is having on the visual media industry. The digital media licensors connected in a members-only webinar moderated by Thomas Smith (Gado Images), chairman of the 2020 DMLA Education and Programs Committee. Participants […]

DMLA New Member Q&A – WGBH

Rick: Alison, congratulations to you as the new DMLA board member repping our new ACSIL members. How did you get into the licensing industry? Alison: I started in television production in the 1980’s and was lucky enough to work on the landmark documentary series “Vietnam: A Television History” as my first job. That’s where I […]

DMLA & ACSIL Join Forces to Create Stronger Trade Association for Licensing Industry

The Digital Media Licensing Association (DMLA) and the Association of Commercial Stock Image Licensors (ACSIL) are coming together to lead advocacy, education and community building for licensors, their partners and the creators they represent.  Contact: Rick Gell NEW YORK, Jan. 6, 2019 /Press Release/  — The leading trade association for moving-image licensors, 17-year-old ACSIL […]