Visual Connections New York 2012

Where New York, United States
Date Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Venue The Altman Building
Address 135 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011 (map)

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Q&A Session

What you need to know about copyright, licensing and image/footage usage trends

Our panel of distinguished experts will answer questions on all aspects of sourcing, licensing and using images and footage. Expect to pick up useful tips on copyright, fair use, orphan works, royalty free, managed rights, specialist image sources, and innovative uses of imagery.

The session starts at 10am and will finish by noon. At the end of the session the exhibit floor will open and lunch will be served.

How do I register for the session?

Tickets cost $35 in advance or $50 on the door. First register for the free image expo. On the final page of the registration process check the box by your name. If you want to register colleagues, follow the instructions on that page and check their names too. When you submit that page, you will see a secure payment box to submit your credit card details. Payment must be made online by 5pm (EDT) on Tuesday, October 23 to qualify for the reduced price.

Owing to limited space, the session is strictly limited to professional image buyers. Please do not try to register if you are a photographer or student.

How do I submit a question?

To have the greatest chance of having your question answered, please submit it online beforehand (the sooner the better, so our panel can do their homework!) When you register for the session (see above), you will see a box at the bottom of the last page where you can enter your question. You can add or change your question after registering by clicking on the link in your registration confirmation email or by going back into the registration system and clicking on the link ‘Register (or check your registration) for the session.’

Questions asked to date

  • Is Pintrest considered "editorial" and thus fair-use or even more so, because it is editorial, it is considered illegal?
  • Are screen shots (from YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) used as images legal?
  • How are photographers and agencies changing their RF and RM licenses to acomodate publishers of ebooks and other electronic content?
  • How are publishers acquiring license digital rights for electronic uses such as iPads, tablets and iPhones that are ancillary to books and magazine production.
  • Is there an industry standard for what defines a "global buyout" of an image or series of images? Does it automatically include the copyright, or does that need to be negotiated separately? If included, is there standard wording that should be used in the rights information? Does a US buyout atuomatically include United States Territories (inc. Puerto Rico)?
  • If a federal government agency creates a video and credits themselves (with no copyright notices), would all elements in the video need to be free of copyright for it to be strictly public domain? (For example, would any music used need to have been created via contract vs using licensed RF/RM music?)
  • what does "royalty free" mean?

Our panelists

Nancy WolffNancy Wolff, a partner at Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard LLP in New York City, specializes in copyright, trademark and digital media law. Nancy offers full legal support to a wide range of traditional and new media clients. She is a frequent speaker throughout the United States and Europe on copyright, new technology and licensing. In 2007 she published her book entitled The Professional Photographer’s Legal Handbook with Allworth Press and PACA. She was awarded the 2007 ASPP Picture Professional of the Year.

Jessica Berman-BogdanJessica Berman-Bogdan is an internationally recognized film researcher and stock footage professional. She is the President and founder of Global ImageWorks (GIW). Jessica is a founding member and serves on the Executive Board of the footage trade organization ACSIL (The Association of Commercial Stock Footage Licensors). She’s an active member of FOCAL (The Federation of Commercial Stock Footage Licensors), the IDA (International Documentary Association), AMIA (Association of Moving Image Archivists) and PACA (Picture Archive Council of America).

Chad Newell

Chad Newell is CEO and co-founder of Media Bakery, which represents nearly 10 million images from over 170 creative & editorial travel and lifestyle collections and offer all licensing models (macro stock, mid stock, and micro stock). Chad has served 15 years in the stock photography industry, starting in Research at Getty when it acquired Image Bank, to Director and Operating Officer positions for various companies. Chad also serves as a guest lecturer at The Brooks Institute of Photography, reviewing portfolio work and nurturing graduate students to continuing the supply of quality images made available for license in the global market.

Doug DawirsDoug Dawirs spent eight years as Director of Online Services at the Workbook, a major stock photo agency now represented by Getty Images. Doug is the original developer of the award-winning asset management application Extensis Portfolio. He is currently technical advisor to PACA and creator of PacaSearch – a multi-agency stock image index. Doug is the recipient of two MacWorld Magazine World-Class Awards, MacUser Editors’ Choice Award (Eddy) and MacWorld Editors’ Choice Award.

Chris BainChris Bain is the Photography Director for Barnes & Noble’s publishing division, Sterling Publishing where he oversees both staff and freelance photo editors working on illustrated books, book covers and lately delving into enhanced eBooks. He also shoots stills and video for many of the projects, in studio and on location. Before becoming a buyer and editor of photographs, Chris was just another struggling freelance photographer with clients as diverse as A.T.&T., Philippine Airlines, and Life magazine. Samples of his personal and professional work can be seen at

Brian ResnickBrian Resnick is Associate Director, Global Brand at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, responsible for leading the area of brand activation and expression worldwide. He has been a member of the Global Brand team since 2006, and spent the three years prior with the Deloitte U.S. member firm, focused on marketing and communications. Previously, he spent time working at American International Group and two boutique recruitment advertising agencies. Brian leads brand identity workshops around the world, has had feature articles published in BRANDWEEK and online blogs, and will have his first book published this upcoming April.


Doug BrooksDoug Brooks has been a leader and innovator in the picture industry for over thirty years. He and his partner, Deborah Van Kirk, produced food and still-life photography for assignment and stock licensing. Doug went on to be Director of Acquisitions and Visual Resources at one of the larger publishing houses in the United States. Today Doug is working to extend the geographical markets of the Image Research Team, which specializes in finding and licensing beautiful and large-scale imagery for educational museum exhibitions and book publication. Doug is a National Board member of the ASPP.

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