Copyright Defense League Rebrands as Picture Protection Service

Apr 01, 2016, 08:00 ET from Picture Protection Service

NEW YORK, April 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

Copyright enforcement agency appointed by Avalon Media 

Company launches new technology enabling greater scale offering 

Picture Protection Service, the protection, recovery and prevention consultancy that specializes in fighting digital image theft has today announced that it has rebranded from Copyright Defense League.

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The move coincides with its appointment by new content licensing company Avalon Media, owner of international photo library Photoshot, to protect their images, reduce digital image theft and recover revenue from professional copyright infringers.

Photoshot is one of the leading international photo libraries, delivering some of the most extensive and high-quality image collections in the world. Headquartered in London with offices in the US and Germany, the company represents over 5,500 contributors and over 15 million images, with 8 million of those digitized and online. Photoshot's collections include the NHPA, widely regarded as one of the best collections of nature and wildlife imagery, UPPA, which is thought to be the oldest independent picture business in the UK, Retna and LFI / Idols, Red Cover and TTL.

Picture Protection Service today also announces the implementation of a suite of proprietary digital tools that increases the volume of images the business can process and track for evidence of copyright infringement. The new assessment system now enables Picture Protection Service to process hundreds of thousands of images per month and provides a clear path to further capacity increases, extending its tracking and enforcement capabilities to serve the image libraries of large and medium sized international media organizations that create, own and distribute images.

Picture Protection Service was originally founded in New York in 2011 as Copyright Defense League by Randy Taylor, former AP photographer and Vice President of Getty Images' press division, photojournalist Dagmar Fabricius, entrepreneur and co-founder of Dan B. Levine and technology partner Halberd Limited.

Concerned that creators of images were increasingly losing out in a rapidly expanding, unregulated digital world, where 'free' content is largely assumed, they set about developing a scalable solution to massive online copyright infringement that would both recoup lost licensing revenues and act as a deterrent against future unauthorized use.

To date Picture Protection Service has tracked over 350,000 images across millions of online uses. Hundreds of individual cases for Picture Protection Service clients have resulted in millions of dollars in gross settlement revenue. It is the only company to design its services around clients needs, operating exclusively on a contingency basis, ensuring clients only pay when revenue is recovered from copyright infringers.

"We are excited to announce our rebrand as Picture Protection Service, which more accurately reflects how we can help our clients. Together with our new suite of proprietary digital tools, we are fully equipped to protect large and medium sized international media organizations and professional rights holders against the rising tide of copyright infringement in images in the United States" said Picture Protection Service co founder, Dan B. Levine.

SOURCE Picture Protection Service