CEPIC stands for the International Association Of The Media Licensing Industry.

CEPIC represents hundreds of Picture Libraries and Agencies representing hundreds of thousands of photographers whose core business is the direct licensing of visual content off-line and online. Acting as right holders, Picture Libraries and Agencies license digital assets for all kinds of commercial uses, to newspapers, magazines, advertising, broadcasters, etc. CEPIC members are continuously adaptive towards innovative technology solutions for the growth in digital enterprises and have developed sophisticated digital platforms to both market digital content online and provide digital access to images.

Amongst CEPIC members are global players such as Getty Images, Shutterstock, Adobe, visual content marketplaces such as Alamy and Dreamstimes, fine arts libraries such Bridgeman Images or AKG Images, historical archives such as Roger-Viollet, news agencies such as Belga (Belgium), TT (Sweden), ANP (Netherlands) or the AFP, (France) more recently AI focused image libraries such as VAIsual, photographers associations such as the Union des Photographes Professionnels, the UPP, as well as representatives for European trade associations AEAPAF, BAPLA, BLF, FNAPPI, SAB, SAPHIR and SNAPIG.

Current issues: Ethical Artificial Intelligence involving consent and respect for privacy rights, EU copyright harmonization and reform on the Digital Single Market, competition online, image search engines and the closing of the “framing loophole”, reform of collective rights management, respect of metadata, standardisation of image works identifiers. CEPIC initiated the Photo Metadata working group at IPTC in 2007.

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