Welcome to the CEPIC Congress 2012
ByChristina VaughanWe have chosen the international city of London as our venue for Congress 2012 to represent delegates desire to have a city that is easy to access from all corners of the world by direct airlines, Eurostar and a city that would allow delegates to do other business.
As London is also my home city, I am delighted to welcome everyone to this culturally rich and ethnically diverse city celebrating its Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and an Olympic Year.
The current market in visual media remains disrupted. Most traditional agencies in Stock, Press, Editorial and News continue to report volatile trading conditions with growth that there is being principally geographical from the BRIC economies. That said, we are a resilient group and whilst there is downward price pressure, there are also more images than ever before being licensed in the market place. Whilst our members may have experienced the after effects of the following game changers listed, CEPIC has sought to maintain a dialogue with threats as well as opportunities in a spirit of learning and evolution.
- The rise of free content
- The rise of Microstock and Subscription
- The US & UK Credit Crunch and threats to many of the économies of Europe including Greece and Spain.
- The changes to EU IP Policy and the Google-isation of the world despite its anti-competitiveness stance and impact of erosion of value in content creators
CEPIC has evolved significantly over the past 3 years, raising its profile materially at EU level, taking an active stance in lobbying, making a commitment to working on several legal issues around copyright, IP and search. The current officers set out to deliver a manifesto of change over the past 3 years, to improve its communication to its members and stakeholders, to raise both revenue and awareness beyond our membership and look to be open and transparent to all people involved in the business of visual content across the globe. We have welcomed new associates from the video world, ran seminars highlighting new media and price volatility and took Congress to Asia - Istanbul demonstrated that we are more than just a European trade association. As we move forward in continued challenging times, it is essential that succession plans are in place to ensure CEPIC consolidates the position it has attained over the past three years as the authority, voice and expert of our industry that is forward thinking, visionary, global and inclusive.
I am very proud of where we have steered CEPIC over the past three years and excited that London 2012 will demonstrate that we have reinvigorated our position as the de facto trade body for the picture industry. High level connections have been made at the EU and beyond through committed investment in attending and participating in discussions around key legislative issues affecting our membership.
- Christina Vaughan
Licenses for Europe
It is essential that CEPIC attends all of these meetings to be at the forefront of information regarding technological and legal advances. Knowing better their applications within the framework of the European Union means having a stronger position in defending the interests of CEPIC members. Read more
The photography industry landscape
The photography industry has gone through a revolution over the past 5-10 years as the introduction of digital cameras, smartphones, social media platforms, and the cloud have created massive opportunities and disruptions in the industry. Read more
fotofringe London 2013 – ‘the best yet’ – full event pictures and roundup
890 picture buyers registered in advance. 700 visitors throughout the day. Will Carleton from PhotoArchiveNews has given us permission to publish this impression about fotofringe London 2013. Read more
Frictionless licensing - dream or reality?
The IPTC Spring Conference in Amsterdam Machine Readable Rights and the News Industry: Opportunities, Standards and Challenges showed that all media sectors in are looking at changes and improvements in the way they do business. People from news, publishing, photo and image libraries attended. Read more
Licences for Europe
There were many passionate and insightful comments made at the second round of "Licenses For Europe" stakeholder meetings held in Brussels on 7th March 2013. Read more
When it’s time to say No
Images search engines have rolled out changes in image display. New features infringe copyright in some countries and dramatically affect website traffic and image sales everywhere. In Germany, trade body Freelens has been successful in forcing Yahoo Images to revert to its former display. Read more
Barcelona, Such a Beautiful Horizon
We asked Julieanne Eason - age fotostock Content Manager - to tell us a bit about Barcelona. She is a New Zealand national, who has been living in Barcelona for the past 8 years. Who better to give us an insight into Barcelona – the destination for the CEPIC Congress 2013? Read more
Google Images' new layout - how this impacts photographers and webmasters
Let me preface this blog post by saying that Google has been a very important Internet player, and that the Internet wouldn't be the same without their efforts and innovations. Read more
When does freedom of speech trump copyright?
Copyright is a property right and therefore a human right protected under Article 1 of the First Protocol of the European Convention on Human Rights. Is the right to property a more or less important card in the human rights pack than the Article 10 right to freedom of expression? Read more
Registration for CEPIC Congress 2013 Has Started!
We are delighted to confirm that Registration is now open for Congress 2013 which will take place in the wonderful city of Barcelona, the capital city of Catalonia, one of the most vibrant regions of Spain, from the 11th – 14th June. Read more