The ddp group – see their PAN listing – is now offering rights tracking not only for authors of the agency group but also as a service for third parties.
PAN spoke with them last night on the news and we are happy to report they are treating image rights chasing as a positive chance to sign up new clients – rather than just an anonymous automated knock at the door. They do recognise however that in recent years we have had to experience more and more infringers who have absolutely no sense of wrongdoing. ‘In such cases a friendly letter is not enough.’
The official press release on this is out later today but ddp released to news early to PAN [ thanks ! ] saying: ‘The media accounting team in Hamburg coordinates the approach of potential rights infringers as well any necessary queries to authors. For the technical part, there is a cooperation with various tracking service providers.
The aim is to turn an infringer into a client by informing him about the applicable copyright law and its significance for authors and media.’
‘ddp group is committed to respecting intellectual property and supports the “Copyright Lives” initiative of the BVPA (Federal Association of Professional Image Providers).’
‘Our team is experienced in the image industry. It ensures with a sense of proportion that even difficult cases are solved in the interests of all parties involved. Should this not succeed, it will be decided individually which further legal steps are to be taken with the help of a lawyer. Cooperation with various partners is in place.’
So, to discuss your missing image sales contact ddp here:
Tel.: +49 40 73 44 60 261