Visual Connections New York 2013

Where New York, United States
Date Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Venue The Altman Building
Address 135 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011 (map)

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We will be running five sessions on the day:

  • 10am-noon Q&A Session: Licensing stills and footage: what you need to know
  • 2:30-4:30pm Round table discussions on four topics, led by footage industry experts
  • Q&A Session 10am-noon  


    Licensing stills and footage: what you need to know

    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.

    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. To register colleagues, follow the instructions on that page and check their names. Submit the page, and you’ll see a secure payment box to enter your credit card details. Payment must be made online by 5pm (EDT) on Tuesday, October 22 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 best ensure your question(s) get answered, we encourage you to submit it online beforehand (the sooner the better, so our panel can do their homework!) When registering for the session (see above), you will see a box at the bottom of the last page where you can enter your question. To add or change your question after registering, click on the link in your registration confirmation email or go back into the registration system and click on the link ‘Register (or check your registration) for the session.’

    Questions asked to date

    • I have 2 issues I'm been working on trying to resolve.

      First - screen shots What's the best way to create a hi-res/print production image? When does permission need to be obtained?

      Second - I work with an author/illustrator who creates images by "adulterating" classic art. He says they're "parody" and don't require further permissions, I think that's dangerous. Sometimes the images are obviously in the public domain, but not always. Even public domain works would need their institutions noted, yes?

      I look forward to 10/23, it should be an interesting day.
    • clarification on licensing wikimediacommons images for editorial projects
    • As a beginning Film Researcher, who was a Academic Media Librarian for almost 30 years, do you have advice on how to obtain assignments or find projects? Thanks
    • Can you address the topic of orphan works today?
    • How much does an original image need to be "altered" to be recognized as a new work of art and not a stolen work?
    • Can you purchase/use "stock art" (from a subscription based service or other), and alter it - then claim to be creator or the 'new piece'? Is there a degree or points of alteration required for such, if so how much?

    Our panelists

    Nancy WolffNancy Wolff, a partner at Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard LLP in New York City and PACA Counsel, 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.

    Max SegalMax Segal became a founder of the HBO Archives in 2003. Since then the HBO Archives has expanded to include high definition footage, content from The March of Time documentaries (1935-67), HBO Entertainment News division, and high-end stock footage outtakes from HBO Films. Segal started his career at HBO in 1989 as head of Rights and Clearances for the network’s Sports division and began producing features in 1991, winning the Sports Emmy Award in 2003 for his Inside the NFL feature story contributions. Segal is currently co-President of ACSIL.

    Geoff CannonGeoff Cannon is the Executive Vice-President of Masterfile, a leading independent visual content licensor. Masterfile has a library of more than 5 million images, a patented, standard-setting Endless Media™ search interface, and a full range of licensing options (rights-managed, premium royalty free, microstock and subscriptions). Geoff has more than 30 years of experience in publishing, creative services and international sales & marketing management. He has served on the Board of the Digital Media Licensing Association (PACA) since 2011.

    Sam MerrellSam Merrell is national Vice President of the American Society of Picture Professionals (ASPP). In his day job he’s a management consultant with 20 years experience in digital image and metadata tactics, and 15+ years in content licensing. He works on a variety of projects for stock media agencies, image collectors, publishers, and image-intensive workgroups within large organizations.

    Rebecca KaramehmedovicRebecca Karamehmedovic is a freelancer with over a decade of experience working with all genres of photography and video as a researcher, editor, producer and director at various magazine titles, including Time Life, InStyle, Essence, Allure, Men’s Health and The New Republic. She has also overseen visuals for several photo driven books, including STOKED: The Evolution of Action Sports, 100 Unforgettable Dresses by Hal Rubenstein and InStyle’s Ultimate Beauty Book.

    Ranelle FowlerRanelle Fowler is an art buyer and producer for Erwin Penland advertising agency. Her clients include Denny’s and Verizon. After starting out as a photographer, then moving into shoot production, in 2007 she joined TM Advertising in Dallas as an art producer/buyer, producing photo shoots and purchasing stock for clients that included American Airlines, Nationwide Insurance, Bausch & Lomb and EDS.


    Michael MastersonMichael Masterson has a broad range of experience in marketing, business development, strategic planning, contact negotiations and recruiting in the photography, graphic design and publishing industries. He currently heads Masterson Consulting, working on projects ranging from business development and talent sourcing for creative companies, to promoting and marketing industry events. He also provides resumé and professional profile services for job-seekers. Previously he was creative director of his own graphic design firm, following long experience at the Workbook and Workbookstock. Michael has been a speaker or panelist at major industry events and is currently national president of the American Society of Picture Professionals (ASPP).

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