Welcome to the Visual Connections InfoZone, your one-stop source of information on all aspects of sourcing, licensing, producing and using images and footage.

Image licensing: the essentials

A single-page round-up of essential know-how for visual media buyers and researchers, covering:

  • Copyright: what it is and what it protects
  • Fair use: when you may use an image without permission
  • Licensing: what the different types of licenses mean
  • Releases: model, talent and property releases, and when you need them
  • Orphan works: using images with no contactable copyright owner

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Explore our treasure trove of articles by respected industry players on topics ranging from copyright and licensing, through productivity tools and tips, to career development. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook, or join our LinkedIn group to be notified when new articles go live.

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Industry events

We maintain a calendar of major events around the world for visual media buyers and sellers. Let us know if there’s an event we’ve missed off.

Industry press releases

Check out the latest industry press releases announcing new collections and services for image/footage/art buyers and researchers.


The commissioning editor for our blog is Ellen Herbert of Neat Production, a leading photography professional with experience as an editor, producer, researcher and art director, providing support for creative projects, and producing and directing for a wide array of clients, including non profits, corporates and start-ups.


The InfoZone is kindly sponsored by DMLA (Digital Media Licensing Association), the trade organization in North America that represents the vital interests of stock archives of every size, from individual photographers to large corporations, who license digital media for commercial reproduction.


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Industry News

Gado Images Launches Visualizing the Valley Initiative

Through a partnership with Silicon Valley Historical Association, Gado Images’ Visualizing the Valley shares historical and contemporary imagery of Silicon Valley.

Visual Connections New York 2016: lots new to look forward to!

Visual Connections returns to New York on Thursday, October 27th to stage another free discovery, networking and education event exclusively for buyers and commissioners of photography, footage and illustration.

British Airways Launch the i360 with Global Drone Footage by Airstoc

UK-based startup Airstoc provided global drone footage for the launch of the British Airway i360, the world’s tallest moving observation tower.

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