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Is the generation of digital natives becoming, inadvertently, a generation of digital thieves?

Aug 15. 2012
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ByAlamyIn a recent industry debate hosted by image agency Alamy the issue of ‘freenagers’ and their belief that all things on the internet are free was raised as causing concern, not just for the well documented and policed music and film industry but, for the professional photography industry too.

The generation that’s coming up, grew up with the internet, and the idea that the stuff on it is free is pervasive. It’s a huge problem and I don’t think we’ve reached the apex of the situation.Said Roy Clark, digital media and photography lecturer at City and Islington College.

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Google enters settlement negotiations with EC over anti-trust violations

Jul 26. 2012
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ByICOMP Secretariat Following Google's recognition that its 95% market dominance on both PC and mobile based services may have harmed numerous companies across the Internet and acceptance of the Commission's "framework", ICOMP announces that a robust dialogue for resolving the many concerns raised will continue.

Commenting on the announcement David Wood, Counsel, ICOMP, said:

Google's acceptance of the Commission's "framework" and commitment to offer remedies for both PC and mobile based Internet was a hugely significant acknowledgement of their market power and illegal anti-competitive behaviour; we should soon discover whether they are serious about addressing the concerns raised not only by the Commission but also numerous companies over the last few years.

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Internet : A Cultural Dumpster?

Sep 15. 2014
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© Interfoto / LA COLLECTION. Swift, Jonathan. Grandville (1803-1847). Collection particulière.

The BBC reported that millions of historic images have been uploaded onto Flickr and are distributed for free. This sheds a new wave of anxiety amongst Fine art & Archiv libraries. CEPIC took the time to take a deeper look behind this evolution to find out what it truly holds.

What type of images have been uploaded and are they useful?

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Summary of EU Consultation on Copyright released

Jul 24. 2014
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The summary of consultation responses on EU copyright wa released on 23 July.

The 101-page document may be dowloaded

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  • The publication of the White Book - under the direction of DG MARKT/ Commissioner Michel Barnier - has been postponed to the autumn.

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S*** happens

May 20. 2014
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Photo: Gallery Stock Images

BySylvie FodorThis blog collects funny and less funny stories from the picture business.

Photo pirated? Wrong name or wrong person? Metadata striped? Copyright infringed? Personality rights infringed? No author, wrong credit, same pic used twice in advertising campaign? We collected a bunch of unfamous cases showing what happens when picture rights are not respected.

  • A normal piracy story on the Internet

This blog story (for German readers only ...) is interresting not because it is unusual but precisely because it has become so usual ...
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EANA joins global coalition against Google Images

May 20. 2014
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CEPIC (Centre of the Picture Industry) and EANA (European News Agency Alliance) have announced that EANA is joining the CEPIC coalition for an antitrust complaint at the EU Commission against Google’s unlicensed use of third party pictures.

EANA, founded in 1956, comprises 32 news agencies inside and outside the European Union.
EANA is the 20th media organization joining the CEPIC coalition.

EANA President Peter Kropsch, CEO of Austrian news agency APA, said:

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CEPIC Answer to EU Copyright Questionnaire 2014

May 07. 2014
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In 2014, the issue of copyright reform will be on the agenda of the European Commission and European Parliament

In December 2012, the European Commission launched a one-year negotiation round in order to assess the need for re-opening the 2001 Directive on Copyright in the Information Society. This Directive sets a number of optional and obligatory exceptions to copyright. The issue at stake is whether new copyright exceptions should be introduced such as a “free to share” exception, fair use, obligation of registering works etc.

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A collective management scheme for search engines?

Apr 30. 2014
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Proposition de Loi 428

In France, Senator Phillipe Marini has introduced a bill at the Senate allowing for a collective management scheme to be put in place for images referenced by image search engines.

The bill does not introduce any changes in the IP law. i.e. no creation of a new neighbouring right as has happened in Germany to the benefit of publishers whose content is re-used in Google News. Instead, the existing collection scheme used for reprography would be extended to images. Selected French collecting societies representing visual authors and rights holders would be able to make agreements with search engines (called "publishers" in the bill).

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New Member at CEPIC: PicturEngine, Inc.

Apr 29. 2014
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We are very happy to welcome for the fourth time a new member this month: PicturEngine, Inc.

PicturEngine brings image buyers and sellers together with just a click. Serving as a resource and guide to the entire stock industry, we make every stock photo (illustration, vector and footage) searchable through one easy-to-use platform. Currently our search contains over 300 million images (180,2 million with duplicates removed). Simply put, PicturEngine is the search engine specifically designed for the stock photo industry. Much like what google has done for the web, we do for our industry.

PicturEngine was officially incoporated in 2011.

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CEPIC welcomes new CEPIC affiliate from Hong Kong

Apr 08. 2014
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SIM makes ashort introduction to their company and explains why they want to become a CEPIC member.

About SUPERIMAGEMARKET LIMITED (“SIM”)

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