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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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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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Why It Is Important To Answer the EU Consultation on Copyright

Feb 27. 2014
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Photo: Image Select/ Westend 61/ Tom Chance

You have time until 5 March 2014 to answer to the EU consultation on copyright! This blog tells you why it is essential that, you, as rights holder participate in the consultation to remind the European Commission of the realities of this world.

Of all creative industries, the picture industry is the primary on-line victim of content theft, be it by innocent or by less innocent users. Unfortnately, if some of the suggested changes to the present copyright framework go through, what nowadays still constitutes "Piracy" would become normal, acceptable usage on the Internet.

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S*** happens

Jan 31. 2014
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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.

  • Good faith is not enough as a defense

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Coalition supporting the anti-trust claim against Google Images

Jan 25. 2014
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Formal complainant is CEPIC, an European Economic Interest Group registered in France, 46 rue de la Mare 75020 Paris with its head office in Berlin.

Outside its membership, CEPIC is supported in this complaint by six US-American trade associations of the picture industry, thrre French reade associations representing photographers, picture agencies, one collecting society for visual arts, one trade association representing media houses in the Czech Republic. Namely, CEPIC is authorised to represent the:

• American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP),
• Digital Media Licensing Association (PACA),

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Coalition grows again

Jan 07. 2014
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The SAIF joins the coalition in support of CEPIC' claim against Google Images.

On 8 November 2013 CEPIC supported by a large coalition of trade associtions in Europe and the USA lodged a claim for abuse of dominant position against Google at the European Commission. In December 2013, three trade associations from France and the Czech Republic and France had joined the coalition.

The coalition is now growing again with the SAIF , société des auteurs des arts visuels et de l'image fixe.

The SAIF has also sent its own contributions to the market test of Google's proposals for remedies in the spring and autumn of 2014.

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Joint Media Industry/European Commission Pilot

Dec 16. 2013
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to pave way for easier and greater legitimate use of online content

A two-year project jointly funded by the European Union and media industry partners to enable and encourage greater legitimate use of all types of digital content is launched this week.

The Rights Data Integration (RDI) project will implement work done by the Linked Content Coalition (LCC) that published an innovative technical framework earlier this year to help content owners and users to manage and trade rights for all types of usage of all types of content and copyrighted works in all types of media.

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CEPIC submits answer to second market test of the European Commission

Nov 26. 2013
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CEPIC participated in the second market test of Google's proposals for remedies. The answer was submitted on 25 November.

The Center of the Picture Industry (CEPIC) participated in the first market test with an answer on 27 May 2013. We expressed our concerns about GOOGLE's extensive unauthorized use of third parties’ content in the area of images and explained why, in our view, the proposals did nothing to bring this identified abuse of GOOGLE’s overwhelmingly dominant position to an end.

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  • Given that GOOGLE’s offer of remedies of 21 October 2013 is based on the same principles which underpin Google’s offer of remedies of

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Content and Creativity Fuel Europe’s Competitiveness

May 30. 2013
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European Ministers discussed online content in the digital age at today’s EU Competitiveness Council. This meeting comes at a time when politicians must think carefully about how to strike a balance between creativity, quality content, consumer demand and technology.

“Online content offers are booming: There are now over 3,000 video-on-demand services and 534 licensed digital music services in the EU”, said Ross Biggam, Director General, Association of Commercial Television in Europe (ACT).

In music, games, television, books or films, a growing range of platforms are bringing more content to more people faster than ever before. Facts speak for themselves. 9 in 10 of the most liked people on Facebook are music artists.