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Offline Paul Skelcher

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« on: February 09, 2012, 01:12:10 PM »
I see no mention of PLUS, Picture Licensing Universal System, http://www.useplus.com/index.asp, in over a year on the forum.

Although PLUS allows for standardised image license generation via the website or through a DAM such as Hindsight's InView/StockView, http://hsltd.us/index.html, its potential reach for image and creator identification is revolutionary.

The idea, currently in beta, is that photographers register images and metadata with PLUS.  An orphan image, submitted to PLUS by an interested buyer, is subject to reverse image id which matches the naked image with photographer, contact info and metadata stored in the PLUS registry.

For these reasons, incorporating the PLUS metadata schema into PhotoMechanic seems like an idea whose time has come.

How about it, once the catalog is finished, naturally!

Paul

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Re: PLUS
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2012, 01:19:29 PM »
Paul,

I see no mention of PLUS, Picture Licensing Universal System, http://www.useplus.com/index.asp, in over a year on the forum.

Although PLUS allows for standardised image license generation via the website or through a DAM such as Hindsight's InView/StockView, http://hsltd.us/index.html, its potential reach for image and creator identification is revolutionary.

The idea, currently in beta, is that photographers register images and metadata with PLUS.  An orphan image, submitted to PLUS by an interested buyer, is subject to reverse image id which matches the naked image with photographer, contact info and metadata stored in the PLUS registry.

For these reasons, incorporating the PLUS metadata schema into PhotoMechanic seems like an idea whose time has come.

How about it, once the catalog is finished, naturally!

It's on our list of things to do.  We've been in talks with the PLUS folks for some time now but haven't done much about it on our end yet...

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Re: PLUS
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2012, 02:19:31 AM »
Another vote for this !

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Re: PLUS
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2012, 05:33:06 AM »
I would also like to see this kind of feature incorporated in PM...
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Re: PLUS
« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2012, 03:37:51 AM »
It seems to be a good thing and something PM should definietly support. But it is a BIG question what support it gets from the web and the world. EXIF and IPTC are not used or even simply removed by many (I'd say most) website engines.
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Re: PLUS
« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2012, 08:02:52 AM »
Szurkebarat,

These are two good points that were clarified for me by Jeff Sedlik, co-founder of PLUS, when he called me to answer some questions I  had after joining an ASMP webinar about copyright protection.

With regard support, PLUS was not instigated by photographers but multi-media groups looking for some standardisation initially of licensing format.  Check out the PLUS website for Board of Directors, Advisory Council and Support PLUS members, and you will appreciate the breadth of industry and world-wide support behind PLUS.

An additionally important benefit of the PLUS registry, which will allow potential buyers to contact creators via metadata and personal information stored with PLUS, is the concept of image identification even with all metadata stripped.  An orphan image, registered with PLUS, submitted by an interested buyer, will be identified and related contact information, held by PLUS, supplied to that buyer. Legitimate researchers and buyers want to able to find creators of orphans and not risk copyright infringement.  These groups are apparently just as in favor of image id and copyright protocols as are photographers.  As a registry member, photographers also will have password-protected ability to update metadata and contact information as time goes by.

Of course, the flip side of the coin, deliberate copyright infringement, is a different story, but everything that can be done to link image and photographer should be taken advantage of.

Paul