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STOCK FILM FOOTAGE TODAY: Creative Uses and Licensing

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The Parsons Institute for Intellectual Property (PiiP), in partnership with the Association of Commercial Stock Footage Licensors (ACSIL), announces an evening panel presentation on creative uses and licensing for stock film footage in a digital world. The copyright sands are shifting in the aftermath of the release of the Hargreaves Review, the first major review of the copyright system in Britain. It addresses how to adapt the copyright system to make licensing markets less congested and opaque, and how to create a system where users aren’t always in breach of copyright performing what they think are everyday activities.

Panelists from the stock footage industry, film industry and legal professions will discuss the implications that some of the Report’s conclusions may have on the U.S. copyright system, as well as how the industry and content users can adapt to protect both. The discussions will cover using stock footage to produce content creatively across media, the role of YouTube, the creative and legal opportunities and limitations inherent in using stock footage, particularly that footage which is historical or journalistic, and the applicability of the Fair Use doctrine.


Parsons The New School for Design, Theresa Lang Center, Mezzanine Level, 55 W. 13th Street
6:00 to 9:00
December 11th, 2012


Neil J. Rosini, Esq.
Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell & Vassallo, P.C.
Rosini is a partner at FWRC in New York City where he focuses on copyright; new media transactions and privacy issues; content clearance for broadcast, publication and online distribution; opinion work and counseling respecting rights of privacy, and defamation matters; literary publishing; performing arts; trademark licensing, celebrity endorsements, and branding. He has written a book, The Practical Guide to Libel Law, as well as many articles on these subjects and co writes (with partner Michael Rudell) the bi-monthly “Entertainment Law” column for the New York Law Journal. He taught entertainment law for seven years as an adjunct professor at New York University School of Law and he is a member of the Executive Committee of the Entertainment and Sports Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. His views on legal subjects have been cited in New York Magazine, TV Guide, Business Week and other publications. He received his law degree from Yale Law School.

Cathy Carpella
VP at Global ImageWorks
Carpella has been working in the field of music and media licensing since the early 1980’s. She began her career as the producer of the syndicated television program “Today in Music History”. In 1990 Cathy opened the New York office of Diamond Time, Ltd., a full-service rights clearance company. For the next 20 years, Cathy cleared or supervised the clearance of several hundred licensing and rights clearance projects and trained dozens of clearance professionals. As VP of Global ImageWorks, an independent stock footage library with an active Film Research & Rights Clearance department ( Cathy continues to service music clearance assignments and works with an in-house team of researchers and rights clearance professional. Her specialty is archival filmmaking and music performance footage.

Eugene Mopsik
Executive Director at American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) Eugene Mopsik has led ASMP since 2003. ASMP is a leader in current issues such as copyright registration of images, social media terms of service, Orphan Works and the exploration of new business models and Mopsik has been a prominent advocate for the rights of photographers and other visual artists. He has participated in US Patent and Trademark Office hearings on Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Information Economy, and helped create strategy for Congressional discussions related to Orphan Works legislation and ASMP’s opposition to the unauthorized scanning related to the Google Book Project. Gene currently serves on the boards of the Brooks Institute, the Eddie Adams Workshop and the PLUS (Picture Licensing Universal System) Coalition, and on the Advisory Board of the Young Photographers Alliance (YPA).

Michelle Bogre, Esq.
Associate Professor and Founder of Parsons Institute for Intellectual Property (PiiP) at Parsons The New School for Design
Bogre is an educator, documentary photographer, IP lawyer and author of Photography as Activism: Images for Social Change, published by Focal Press. At Parsons she teaches photography and copyright law to graduates and undergraduates. She currently serves on advisory boards of AnthropoGraphia, the Penumbra Foundation and the Young Photographer’s Alliance.

Domenick Propati
Owner and adjunct professor at Parsons The New School for Design
Propati is a content acquisition and distribution expert He has held senior executive positions for over 25 years in and around the global photographic industry with a focus on the advertising. Several years ago, he took the plunge into motion graphics through the acquisition of, the world’s leading search engine for stock footage which propelled him into the dramatic shift toward the digitization and distribution of content on line in addition to his business activities.

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