Introducing CEPIC’s Activity In Brussels

On June 15th, CEPIC will organise two conferences which will be open to the public. We will review our activities in Brussels and what the future holds for the picture industry.

These conferences are free and will be open to the public.

Coffee and cookies all day

Thursday 15 June, 9:30 to 12:30 H

Salon 8, Salon 8 of Maritim Hotel, Berlin, Friedrichstrasse 151
12th floor

Google Workshop II

In 2014, CEPIC initiated a Google Images Workshop in Berlin. The successful event, packed with more than 100 participants, looked at Google’s dominance in search and how their features impact web traffic, keeping users in the Google universe but developing a click-copy-paste culture of “free” in the visual industry.

In 2017, these new features have come into Germany. More than ever, Google’s dominance looks unabashed and unstoppable. Is this really the case? Two panels, one in German (one hour), one in English will explore the German, European and international situation. This conference is supported by ICOMP and the Open Internet Project.

Register to the workshop HERE

German Panel from 9.30 H to 10.40 H / in German with English documentation/

Mathias Jahn Administrator of the German Association of Picture Agencies have initiated  an action after Google images introduced its new damaging features in Germany. They will provide an update on the BVPA Initiative and of their negotiations with Google.
David      Seiler Legal Counsel of the German Association of Picture Agencies will introduce all legal aspects and difficulties met at German and European level.

Dirk Feldmann

Legal counsel, German Association of photographers, FreeLens, who has filed two copyright complaints against Google in Germany, one failed action (September 2016) and a new action filed in March 2017.

European and international panel from 11.00 H to 13.15 H/ in English

Eric Léandri President of the OIP, CEO of QWANT Search Engine  on what a virtuous search engine can do.
Prof. Dr. Thomas Höppner Lawyer at Hausfeld for competition law, has drafted EU anti-trust complaints for CEPIC and German Publishers Associations against Google. He will provide an overview of the progress made since the first case was filed. Why is it so slow? What has been achieved?
Konrad Miller   Director, Corporate Counsel at Getty Images on the Getty Images claim against Google Images
Cathy Aron  Executive Director of DMLA – Digital Image Licensing USA –   on a US view on Google and Google Images

Further speakers to be announced on shopping case!


Michael Weber  Chairman of ICOMP and co-President OIP on the impact of Google on the Internet industry
Sylvie Fodor  Executive Director of CEPIC, on CEPIC’s activities in Brussels in the last three years, in copyright and competition issues

Register to the workshop HERE

Thursday 15 June , 14:00 to 15:30 H

Salon 8, Salon 8 of Maritim Hotel, Berlin, Friedrichstrasse 151
12th floor

What the Future Holds for Picture Agencies: Value generated online

Emerging Revenues from Collecting Societies  

How will photography agencies adapt in the future and to the future? The seminar will look at new ways of collecting money and at how value generated online may flow back to the content creators. Can untapped value generated online be directed back to the content providers?

Next to the recent endeavours in Germany and the US, speakers will address the new founded collecting society in the UK (PICSEL) and the new law in France on Image Search Engines.


Anke Schierholz  Head of legal department, German collecting society for visual artists, VG Bildkunst
Paul Seheult CEO of PICSEL, the new collecting society for picture agencies in the UK. Who can participate, before and after Brexit, and how does it work?
Thierry Maillard

Head of Legal Department, French collecting society for visual arts, ADAGP, initiator of French law on image search engines and whether and how they should pay for indexed visual conten

Eugene Mopsik ASCRL was incorporated in the USA and will collect rights for photographers. Eugene Mopsik will explain why photographers should participate.
Anna Skurczinska
Anna is a founder director of Open Plan Law. She is a solicitor advocate specialising in IP and media law with a particular interest in digital copyright and open content issues. Former head of the EMEA legal team at Corbis Images, now conselling BAPLA on IP issues.


Register to the workshop HERE