Monkey Business Images Announces Sudden Passing of C.E.O. Cathy Yeulet

It is with great sadness that the team at Monkey Business Images announces the sudden passing of Cathy Yeulet our C.E.O.
Cathy was a true entrepreneur and a master of her craft. Her influence is seen around the world, her images have touched the lives of millions.
She was a firework, colourful, energetic and guaranteed to grab your attention.
Our friend Cathy will be greatly missed.
Our thoughts and condolences go to her family and friends.

HTW Berlin (University of Applied Sciences) Releases New Photo Application

See all your photos neatly organized on the iPhone/iPad

 

The visual computing team of HTW Berlin (University of Applied Sciences) has released a new app called “Kiano” (Keep Images Arranged & Neatly Organized). Kiano is available for the iPhone or iPad. The app requires 19 MB of free memory and iOS 11.0 or higher.
 

“Kiano helps to look at your photos in a completely new way,” reports Prof. Kai Uwe Barthel the developer of the app. ” With simple gestures it is possible to navigate visually through all your photos. Kiano is the only app you need to view and find your local photos. Besides a flat or perspective map view showing all images visually arranged, Kiano also offers traditional list views, a professional image viewer and the possibility to search for similar photos”. 

Before you start Kiano the first time, the app analyzes all images once. This is done locally without any data transfer to any server. When you start the app next time, only new and modified images will be analyzed.

 

After the initial analysis the app can quickly generate visually sorted maps of thousands of images. In this map you can use familiar gestures to zoom in and out, adjust the perspective or select individual photos to view them or to start a similarity search. In the list view, photos are conveniently sorted by year of creation, and the album view allows to view all created photo albums. There is also a slide show, which can be further configured in the settings of the app, a video player, and other options for customizing the map view.

 

As Kiano is available for free, it is definitely an interesting option for all photo enthusiasts.

 

Judge strikes down ‘data trespass’ laws as unconstitutional

In a big win for NPPA (National Press Photographer’s Association), after years of litigation, a federal judge struck down a Wyoming law that unconstitutionally banned photography in certain circumstances in Wyoming. They were represented by Public Justice in this case, but Mickey H. Osterreicher, Esq. and Alicia Wagner Calzada, PLLC dedicated many hours to this effort.
NPPA is member of the coalition of Visual Artists group along with DMLA.

PicRights Extends Global Copyright Enforcement Network To Brazil

New partner in Brazil to monetize infringements for global customers

PicRights Europe GmbH, a global leader in copyright compliance, has added a new enforcement partner in Brazil to monetize copyright infringements for the world’s leading news agencies, stock image agencies and independent photographers. PicRights Brazil will augment PicRights’ long established network in major markets in Europe, North America and the Middle East. No other copyright compliance service offers its clients as much geographical coverage of key markets around the world.

“With the established expertise of Luis Franca and his team, we’re hitting the ground running in Sao Paulo. We’ve already got a significant number of cases ready for enforcement in Brazil in the system,” says Alfred Hoefinger, CEO of PicRights Europe.

Geoff Cannon, VP Sales of PicRights Europe, adds “We’re well aware that copyright infringement is rife in some countries beyond our current scope and we’re working toward solutions that will extend our reach to every part of the world. Our new partnership in Brazil is another big step.”

PicRights’ end-to-end service allows copyright owners to concentrate on their core business while PicRights handles the difficult business of monetizing copyright infringements.

PicRights uses state-of-the-art technology to identify infringements, a team of experienced QC staff to qualify them as enforceable, then distributes the actionable cases to the appropriate enforcement unit for settlement and collection of licensing fees. If PicRights’ enforcement staff is unable to settle a case, it is escalated to a law firm specializing in intellectual property within the relevant jurisdiction to pursue a settlement and if necessary, litigate.

A highly efficient workflow system allows PicRights enforcement teams, legal counsel and clients to collaborate and exchange information quickly, regardless of location. The proprietary payment portal collects all funds and transparently distributes proceeds between copyright owners and service partners.

About PicRights:

PicRights Europe GmbH is headquartered in Switzerland with enforcement operations and professional compliance officers in central and northern Europe (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Benelux and Scandinavia), London (for UK and Ireland), the Middle East (Emirates and Saudi Arabia), Toronto (for USA and Canada) and Sao Paulo, Brazil.

** PicRights is a new Member of DMLA!

Hearing for CASE Act: Capitol Hill, September 27th

The House Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing on the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act on Thursday, September 27th at 2:00pmET (Room 2141 in the Rayburn House Office Building).

Rayburn House Office Building Address45 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20515/
Nearest Metro Stop: Capitol South on Blue/Orange/Silver Lines Nearest Train StationUnion Station

Expected witnesses are as follows:

  • Ms. Jenna Close, P2 Photography
  • Mr. Keith Kupferschmid, Copyright Alliance
  • Mr. Matthew Schruers, Computer and Communications Industry Association
  • Mr. David Trust, Professional Photographers of America
  • TBD, Internet Association

DMLA encourages members to show their support of the CASE Act by joining with other visual creator organizations on Capitol Hill in show of unity for the proposed small claims tribunal before the House Judiciary Committee.  The Copyright Alliance will be passing out T-shirts to all in support of our cause.

We will be posting more information as it becomes available, but if you are in the area, please plan to show your support!

 

 

Shocking, Sad News

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Scott Braut who was the Head of Content at Adobe.  He was only 46 years old.

Scott had over 20 years of combined experience in visual content, product development, eCommerce, and digital media. He previously served as Shutterstock’s VP of Content, Senior Product Manager at ABCNEWS.com, Senior Director of Products at Digital Railroad, the National Desk Supervisor for the Associated Press. In addition, he has held many independent roles in business development, content development and licensing, servicing publishers and content providers such as Corbis, Scholastic, Harcourt, Forbes Custom Media, Mary Ellen Mark Studio and Photo District News.

A wake for Scott will be held on Thursday, September 13, 2018 from 2-4 p.m. and from 7-9 p.m. at Wanamaker & Carlough Funeral Home, 177 NY-59, Suffern, NY 10901.

We will post more information as it becomes available.  Our condolences to Scott’s immediate family and to his Adobe family.  He will be truly missed.

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IMAGERIGHTS BOOSTS OPERATIONS TO TACKLE COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT IN GERMANY

 

ImageRights International Inc., the world’s leading copyright enforcement service, intensified its image search and copyright enforcement operations in Germany to drive value for its global photographer and photo agency client base.  ImageRights-developed artificial intelligence (AI), combined with its proprietary web search and image analysis algorithms, has enabled the company to analyze millions of German web domains to determine if an image use could be pursued for copyright enforcement purposes.

“Our clients have been asking us to strengthen our coverage in Germany due to the inability of existing technologies to locate the many unauthorized uses of their content that they see happening.  In response, we made the major investment necessary to ramp up our German operations in terms of both image search infrastructure and copyright enforcement capabilities,” explained Joe Naylor, President and CEO of ImageRights.

ImageRights’ most recent pool of web search servers was deployed in a biometrically secured German data center with redundant 10 Gbit/s fiber connections. As a result of the latest improvements, ImageRights is now finding and analyzing on average more than 77,000 new German sightings every day.  When clients access their ImageRights dashboard, they will see that the ImageRights AI has already filtered, sorted and ranked the sightings in terms of potential claim value, generating massive time savings for them.

“ImageRights is a reputable company that is known for a high level of integrity” said Marc Hügel, Partner at Munich-based law firm Waldorf Frommer Rechtsanwälte GbR. “As our firm is highly specialized in enforcing copyright claims for clients from all creative industries, we are looking forward to representing ImageRights and its clients and are ready to tackle the surge in copyright infringement claims.”