Aurora Photos Looking for Production Coordinator

Aurora Photos Production Coordinator

If you pride yourself as technically savvy , a stickler for detail and numbers, if you get satisfaction in creating smooth & efficient processes, come work with some of the best outdoor photography in the world!

Aurora Photos, an independent international photography agency located in Portland, Maine, seeks a motivated, energetic, detail oriented individual to join the Aurora Team and manage our digital workflow and photographic submissions process, working with contributing photographers as well as leading international photo agencies from Europe and beyond. This is a full-time hands-on position, requiring the individual to immerse themselves in our workflow process.

Duties:

– Guide photographers through the technical aspects of submitting their photography

– Process and track photographer and supplier agency submissions

– Communicate with them to fix errors

– Update captions, keywords and other metadata

– Distribute Aurora images and metadata to partner agencies worldwide

– Manage back-end systems for asset and content management

– Provide technical assistance to sales team for image delivery to client when needed

Job Requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree
  • At least 3 years of digital media industry / digital asset management experience.
  • Strong organizational skills: The right candidate needs to love and live for organization, crunching numbers and managing details.
  • Strong technology skills: The right candidate needs to be unafraid of technological challenges and finding technological solutions.
  • Must be a team player, who has the ability to self-motivate and work independently
  • Must be able to multitask and handle multiple projects simultaneously from inception to completion.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, and experience working with photographers.
  • An understanding of intellectual property rights and commercial stock photography, a passion and respect for photography, and a love or interest in the outdoors, are definite pluses.

Required Skills:

– High-level experience with Macintosh OS

– High-level experience with Excel, Numbers, or Filemaker Pro

– Experience working with asset management programs such as Photomechanic or Adobe Bridge

– Knowledge of image formatting, color profiles, file formats, and what makes a good digital image.

– Knowledge of IPTC and metadata standards

– Photoshop retouching skills a plus.

– Familiarity with Filemaker Pro, MYSQL or other database experience a plus

This position is full time located in Portland, Maine, with an annual salary commensurate with prior experience. Aurora Photos pays 50% of medical and dental plan, 3 weeks vacation after 1 year of employment and a non-matching 401k plan.

Email a letter of introduction, resume and 3 references in PDF format to: careers@auroraphotos.com

LDV Vision Summit Last Minute Discount for DMLA Members

Jazzed! We are almost at our goal of equal gender balance with ~70 brilliant speakers and judges for our LDV Vision Summit in 4 days.

In the near future, every inanimate object we interact with may not only have the ability to see, but could also improve our lives.

In order for this visibility to happen, objects will need the assistance of visual sensors and cameras and we call this the Internet of Eyes#IoEyes which was just published in The Next Web.

Discount Code:

Promo code: LDV3

 

 

 

Some Good News From Minnesota

After lots of phone calls and letters we have some good news:

MINNESOTA STATE LAWMAKER PULLS PRINCE BILL AMID CONCERNS

Associated Press

A Minnesota state lawmaker has decided to set aside a measure that would have clarified the rights of artists to control the commercial use of their names, likenesses and images, and extended those protections to heirs after a person’s death.

Republican Rep. Joe Hoppe introduced the bill creating a so-called Right of Publicity after Minnesota native Prince died in April. Representatives handling Prince’s estate said they were concerned of others profiting off of Prince, including by selling unauthorized T-shirts with his image. But others worried the bill was moving too fast and could have unintended consequences.

Hoppe, whose district includes Prince’s famed Paisley Park home and studio, says he decided to pull the bill and take more time to consider some of the concerns raised.

He hopes to return with a new bill next year.

Bridgeman Images now represents the Art Institute of Chicago

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Bridgeman Images is delighted to announce their representation of The Art Institute of Chicago, one of the largest museums in the United States and one of the most visited in the world.

Best known for its Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and American paintings, The Art Institute of Chicago houses some of the most iconic paintings worldwide: Georges Seurat’s A Sunday on La Grande Jatte (1884), Grant Wood’s American Gothic (1930), Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks (1942).

“Our mission is to make the best of the world’s art available for reproduction while giving back to our museums, artists and collections. We are excited to be partnering with the Art Institute of Chicago to enable the masterpieces in their collection to reach an even wider audience”, said Edward Whitley, President, North and South America at Bridgeman Images.

Nearly 1,000 images have been uploaded to the Bridgeman website with many more going online in the coming months. Picture researchers are encouraged to contact the Bridgeman team regarding research requests for content offline or for any copyright and licensing inquiries.

Now representing the collections of over 70 North American museums

Bridgeman Images now represents the collections of over 70 museums in North America and a further 2000 worldwide. From the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston to the Art Gallery of Ontario, Dallas Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art and The Smithsonian Institution in our nation’s capital, Bridgeman Images is the definitive resource for licensing art history’s finest masterpieces.

About The Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago, founded in 1879, is a world-renowned art museum housing one of the largest permanent collections in the United States. An encyclopedic museum, the Art Institute collects, preserves, and interprets works in every medium from all cultures and historical periods.

With a collection of approximately 300,000 art works and artifacts, the museum has particularly strong holdings in Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painting, contemporary art, early 20th century European painting and sculpture, Japanese prints, and photography.

 

For further information and high res images contact edward.whitley@bridgemanimages.com

 

Busy Week for DMLA Legal

by Nancy Wolff, DMLA Counsel

This week was busy, both New York state and Minneapolis are looking to pass postmortem right of publicity bill’s before the end of the current legislative  session and everyone leaves for summer vacation. Here in York, every year or two, the company that owns the alleged rights to Marilyn Monroe’s residuary property under her will, attempt to convince the New York State Legislature that New York should be more like California and have a retroactive postmortem right of publicity bill going back seventy years to cover anyone who died domiciled in New York, but in particular Marilyn Monroe. Currently in New York, when you die, your right of publicity dies as well. The problem with this bill is it adopts California language which prohibits commercial use unless you fall under an exception. The language is vague and will result in litigation and additional legal expense in clearing the images. In addition, New York has a long history of a right of publicity law drafted very differently, specifically  a 110 years of case law that favors publishers and other first amendment uses that would all be lost.

Minnesota is obviously is reacting to the untimely death of the artist Prince. The bill is in fact called PRINCE. In trying to rush through a bill before the end of the session, the proponents wrote a very broad and vague bill, that does not protect expressive works under the First Amendment and potentially could prohibit the sale and licensing of photographs. In addition to being retroactive, the bill would be for a minimum of fifty years and could go in perpetuity if the rights are being exploited. A version of the bill passed the House, but the Senate has put off hearing on the bill until next Monday, as it has received many letters in opposition.

On behalf of DMLA, with the support of various other photography associations, ASMP, and PPA, and PPA, I wrote letters of opposition to both  New York State and Minnesota. I have a call with a New York State legislature on Monday regarding my comments.

With respect to Minnesota, I am in touch with the Newspaper Association in Minnesota as well as the attorney for the Prince family who is pushing for some legislation. I will keep you updated as to any changes.

You can view both DMLA responses here and here

 

 

DMLA MEMORANDUM IN OPPOSITION, NY RIGHT OF PUBLICITY BILL

Senate Bill No. 5650/ Assembly Bill No. 7904

The Digital Media Licensing Association (“DMLA”), strongly opposes S.5650/A.7904. This right of publicity bill would grant a seventy-year retroactive and descendible right of publicity to all deceased residents of New York State. This proposed legislation would cause serious economic impact to the image licensing industry in New York State (a multi-billion dollar industry worldwide) and unconstitutionally deprive photographers and film owners the right to exploit their property and copyright interests in their still and motion images. Joining our opposition is the American Society of Media Photographers (“ASMP”),[1] Professional Photographer of America (“PPA”)[2] and the National Press Photographers Association (“NPPA”)[3].

 About DMLA

DMLA is a trade association representing the interests of entities who license still and motion images to the media, among many other users. Its members represent the interests of thousands of photographers and the copyrights in millions of images. Many images published in magazines, newspapers, news broadcasts, textbooks, brochures, or in advertisements, in print or on-line, were licensed by a member of DMLA. New York is home to many of DMLA’s members and all members, regardless of location, serve a crucial role in supplying publishers, media companies and advertisers located within New York with imagery that reflects our world, art and culture.

Any retroactive statute is an unconstitutional taking favoring the economic interests of out-of-state corporations over New York media companies.

New York, as the center of the media industry, has always erred in favor of protecting the First Amendment rights of those who own, license and publish images. To substantially expand the breadth of New York’s statutory right of publicity and create a burdensome retroactive statute will have a crippling and chilling effect on expressive speech. This proposed legislation would require the representatives and owners of valid federal copyrights in photographs that depict any New York State domiciliary who died since 1945 to obtain permission from heirs for any use that is considered a “commercial purpose.” It is not limited to celebrities but applies to anyone who died as a New York domiciliary and is depicted in an image or audio visual recording. As no descendible right of publicity has previously existed, these deceased persons have never specifically transferred this right. Instead of heirs inheriting these rights, it is likely that corporations with no interest in New York State, and whose only interest is exploiting publicity rights and restricting licensors from contractually dealing with preexisting images, will benefit from this proposed law. Photographers and licensing representatives will suddenly lose a right they have had for more than 110 years, an unconstitutional taking.

 The proposed bill is ambiguous and vague and will invite meritless litigation.

The language of this bill is ambiguous and vague, and invites unnecessary and burdensome litigation. Under the current law, NY Civil Rights Law § 50 & 51, the only type of use that requires consent of the person depicted is when the image is used for “advertising” or “trade” purposes. This proposed bill replaces 110 years of judicial interpretation of what constitutes an advertising or trade purpose with the ambiguous term “commercial purpose,” with only limited exceptions. Most importantly, the language in Section 34, Exemptions on Use Restrictions, is ambiguous and fails to provide a clear exemption for expressive works that are currently protected. Even worse it conditions the exemption for expressive works where the work “does not contain an image or likeness that is primarily commercial, not transformative and is not otherwise protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution or New York state constitution.” The bill fails to define what would make an image or an individual’s likeness “primarily commercial” or “transformative” and forces the creator of an expressive work to establish that the work is constitutionally protected. The proposed legislation unconstitutionally restricts visual images and other expressive works and will have a chilling affect on image creators and licensors and those that rely on access to visual imagery in creating new works.

The proposed bill will stifle innovation, increase the cost of licensing images and result in futile searches for heirs of long deceased persons domiciled in New York.

The proposed legislation will stifle new and innovative ways of communicating with images which may require advertising support for publication. The ambiguity in the statutory language will result in an effort to obtain unnecessary consents which will be fraught with difficult research, may be futile, and cause unreasonable expense and delay. This will increase the costs and burdens of licensing images requiring increased usage fees. Members of these associations can ill afford these additional costs and the end result will be fewer images licensed, and fewer jobs in New York State. With the speed in which news and entertainment products are created today, to introduce new roadblocks for images of people long deceased is unjustified and raises serious First Amendment considerations.

The unintended consequences of departing from over 110 years of clear law is too great to merely satisfy the desire of a few celebrities agents that want to unreasonably exploit New York media companies and the provider of the images that they rely on for rich content. The chilling effect will be immediate and overwhelming.

For the above stated reasons, the members of DMLA, ASMP, NPPA and PPA strongly oppose S.5650/A.7904 and urge that it be defeated.

 

[1] ASMP was established in 1944 to protect and promote the interests of professional photographers who earn their living by making photographs intended for publication. There are more than 6900 members of ASMP, organized into 39 local chapters across the United States, with members representing literally every genre of professional publication photography.

[2] Founded in 1869, Professional Photographers of America (“PPA”) is the world’s oldest and largest association for professional photographers.  PPA’s membership consists of more than 29,000 direct members and an additional 20,000 members from more than 130 affiliated organizations.  In total, PPA’s membership reach includes some 50,000 professional photographers.

[3] Since its founding in 1946, the NPPA has been the Voice of Visual Journalists vigorously advocating for and protecting the rights of journalists. Its approximately 6,000 members include still and television photographers, editors, students, and representatives of businesses serving the visual journalism community.

 

MEMORANDUM IN OPPOSITION

SF3609

The Digital Media Licensing Association (DMLA), American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP),National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) and Professional Photographers of America (PPA) strongly oppose SF 3609 as currently drafted. This right of publicity bill is unnecessarily broad, vague, and would grant a retroactive and descendible right of publicity to all deceased residents of Minnesota looking back 50 years, regardless of whether an individual’s identity had commercial value or not. This proposed legislation would cause serious economic impact to the image licensing industry in Minnesota by unconstitutionally depriving photographers and film owners the right to exploit their property and copyright interests in their still and motion images.

DMLA and the other associations represent the interests of many thousands of still and motion photographers and the copyrights of millions of visual works. These members comprise the visual imagery community that are responsible for creating, supplying, distributing and licensing many of the images you find in Minnesota, whether in magazines, newspapers, textbooks, documentary films, television and cable programming, advertisements, websites , as well as all forms of traditional and newly developing digital media. These residents rely on their constitutional right under the federal Copyright Act to license images they create in order to earn a living and pay their taxes.

While we understand the Prince families’ desire to prevent unlawful commercial exploitation of his likeness, any bill must be carefully crafted with First Amendment protections to avoid unintended consequences that would inadvertently call into question the long established business practice of licensing and selling visual images to the media and to the public.

Significantly, there is no exemption for the distribution and licensing of a photograph (or video) depicting an individual for any purpose that is itself non-commercial and protected by the First Amendment. For example, the bill does not expressly permit photographers and their representatives to license photographs and videos to the media, a vital service without which most newspapers and other media entities would not have access to the images used in informing the public as to newsworthy and cultural events. Photographers and image aggregators should not have to face expensive litigation to determine the scope of the legislation as to whether the display and licensing of images is a prohibited “service” under the act which would require consent. The burden of obtaining consent to merely to display and license images is not merely impracticable, it is in most instances impossible, when considering how quickly images of public interest are distributed to the public and would result in censorship of newsworthy images. The bill has no requirement for registry of owners of these rights, making permissions even more impossible.

We would ask for an exemption, similar to one included in a recently proposed Arkansas bill, to protect the lawful business of licensing and selling visual imagery. The immunity provision should include a person practicing the profession of photography or his or her representative to distribute photographs for license and sale, or other transfer to third parties, and the promotion and advertising of such activities.

The bill as proposed does not protect important expressive works such as photographs. The fair use exception is based on outdated 1980’s California language rooted in old media and has resulted in expensive litigation for the image industry. In particular, the phrase “single work of original art” is constitutionally too narrow as most expressive works, such as photographs which are sold in multiples (editions). Photographs are entitled to full First Amendment protection as expressive works. Members of the various associations are entitled to sell photographs as art prints and audio visual works as expressive works, just as one would be entitled to sell a play, book or documentary film. Any list of exempt expressive works should expressly include photographs and visual works.

Finally, by identifying a narrow list of exemptions, the proposed legislation will stifle new and innovative ways of communicating with images. With lines between traditional media and new media blurring, it is important that strict rules are crafted using today’s media language. Any ambiguity will result in an effort to obtain unnecessary consents which will be fraught with difficulty, unreasonable expense and delay.

With the speed in which news, educational, entertainment and other expressive products are created, to introduce new roadblocks for the use of images depicting people is unjustified and raises serious first amendment considerations.

For the above stated reasons, the members of DMLA, ASMP, NPPA and PPA strongly oppose SF 3609 as written and urge you not to pass it in its current form.

 

i DMLA membership includes 150+ companies worldwide that are engaged in the archiving and distribution of images, footage, animation, and illustrations for purposes of licensing, such as Getty Images, and other libraries, with users and represented visual artist in Minnesota; American Society of Media Photographers;(ASMP), is an association of more than 7000 professional photographers, with members located in Minnesota; Professional Photographers of America (“PPA”) the world’s oldest and largest association for professional with a membership reach of approximately 50,000 professional photographers including members in Minnesota; and the National Press Photographers of America (NPPA), is the Voice of Visual Journalists with approximately 6,000 members that include still and television photographers, editors, students, and representatives of businesses serving the visual journalism community, also with members in Minnesota.

CEPIC STOCK PHOTO AWARDS OPEN TO DMLA MEMBERS

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The second edition of the CEPIC Stock Photography Awards is organized in cooperation with the agency East News (Poland).

The purpose of the CEPIC Stock Photography Awards is to support traditional stock photography and defend the right of photographers to receive fair compensation for their work.

Members of CEPIC and DMLA and professional photographers cooperating with them can submit their images in the following categories:

  • Cities, buildings, industry
  • Creative and abstract
  • Lifestyle and released people images
  • Nature, Science and Landscape
  • News, arts and sports

There will be first, second and third place winners with prizes of 3000 €, 1500 € and 500 €.

The winner will receive 3000 € and a title of CEPIC Stock Photographer of the Year.

The photos submitted must contain all of the required releases and will be judged in a contemporary stock photography context. An entry code is not required to enter the competition so please inform your contributing photographers to submit images to the CEPIC Stock Photography Awards.

The closing date for entries is the 6th of May 2016.

Shortlisted images will be announced prior to the CEPIC Congress 2016 – Welcome Reception and the winners will be announced during the CEPIC Annual Industry Party on 27th May in Zagreb.

Further information on contest prizes and rules can be found here.

You are welcome to submit your entries now at www.cepic-photography-awards.com

For further information please contact

Ewa Burdynska-Michna

contest@cepic-photography-awards.com

tel: +48 22 211 10 51

 

 

 

 

DAM NY offers discounts to DMLA Members

Digital Media Licensing Association is delighted to offer discounted entry to the upcoming Henry Stewart DAM New York 2016 event.

Please use the discount code DM100 to save $100 on the registration price!

DAM NY is the world’s largest event dedicated to Digital Asset Management. Now in its 14th year and the established forum for the DAM community.

Here’s a snapshot of some of the sessions to be featured this year:

  • Case Studies from Marriott International, Bloomberg, Pfizer, WWE Inc.
  • Panel Sessions on Creative Operations; Why is the Big Video Workflow so hard to Manage and Why Metadata Matters
  • Roundtable peer-to-peer discussions
  • Exhibition featuring 30+ leading solution providers

Attendees include: Colgate-Palmolive, Kohler Co., Philadelphia Eagles, Ubisoft, Bose, Cole Haan and many more…

Speaking at the event…

Sarah Cervinski, Digital Assets Manager at GoPro, has over 16 years’ experience with DAM systems, and has deployed DAM solutions at Pearson Education and Ubisoft prior to joining GoPro in 2015. Hear how GoPro handled increased content from more users, both locally and globally, integrated pre and post production workflow, rights management, publishing and marketing platforms.

In this case study the GoPro DAM Team share their past adventures and their current ongoing development and integration work, and their roadmap for the future.

About Henry Stewart Events

Henry Stewart Events is the leading provider of dedicated, cross industry briefings on Digital Asset Management (DAM) worldwide. Attended by thousands of DAM professionals since their launch, Henry Stewart DAM events and webinars are the premier briefings for experienced DAM managers and those new to the world of DAM.

Attendees will benefit from the experience of industry experts and other DAM managers on all the important issues, supported by case studies of real world performance – all from the user’s perspective.

For more information visit Henry Stewart at www.damusers.com

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Getty Images and Mother Image help Create Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Campaign

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) recently launched a new multimedia campaign featuring seven survivors of sexual violence. Released to coincide with Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month in April, the campaign highlights the scope and human impact of sexual violence in the U.S. The campaign features survivors speaking openly about sexual violence, the challenges they faced, and what it means to not be defined by these experiences.

The RAINN Survivor Series campaign was made possible by a Getty Images Creative Grant, awarded to ad agency Project Buchanan (Florence Buchanan, Creative Director) and Mother Image (Susan Carolonza Chanin, Executive Producer and photographer Rana Faure) and their partner, director Poppy de Villeneuve. In addition to funding from Getty Images,the campaign received broad pro-bono support from the New York creative community: post production and editorial house Hooligan, production company Zebra, with audio post production by Sonic Union, telecine by Nice Shoes, photo retouching and print production by Advertising Arts.

The campaign encourages those impacted by sexual violence to reach out for help through the National Sexual Assault Hotline, which saw a 10% increase in demand in the last year alone. In 2015, 157,157 people turned to the National Sexual Assault Hotline via telephone (800.656.HOPE) and secure online chat (online.rainn.org).

For many, chatting with a RAINN support specialist on the Online Hotline is the first time they’ve talked to anyone about their experience: 51% of minors and 28% of adults disclose what happened for the first time during an online session.

Read the entire press release here