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The PLUS Coalition is an international non-profit organization on a mission “to enable access to and understanding of information about visual artworks for the benefit of the Coalition's members and the general public.”

The PLUS Coalition exists at the crossroads between the arts, technology, preservation and education. Organized by respected artists, associations, leading companies, standards bodies, scholars and industry experts, the PLUS Coalition is operated by and for all communities involved in creating, distributing, using and preserving photographs and other visual artworks.

Coming from more than one hundred countries, these diverse stakeholders have collaborated on development of the PLUS Registry and a system of industry standards that make it easier to communicate, understand and manage visual artworks. More Info.

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PLUS Board Approves New Standard for Data Mining Declarations. The new Data Mining metadata property allows rightsholders to declare prohibitions, constraints, and permissions for data mining of their visual works.

PLUS and IPTC Request Public Comment on Proposed Standard for Expressing Image Data Mining Permissions, Constraints and Prohibitions. In partnership with the IPTC, the PLUS Coalition invites public comment on proposed revisions to the PLUS License Data Format standard. The public comment period will close on July 20, 2023.

PLUS President to Provide Congressional Testimony. Jeff Sedlik will testify on AI and Copyright before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property and the Courts, May 17, 2023 at 10 AM eastern.Watch Testimony

PLUS President to Serve as Advisor to the Librarian of Congress.PLUS President Jeff Sedlik will serve as an advisor to the Library of Congress on the modernization of the US Copyright Office.

PLUS Meets with Facebook Leadership to discuss metadata preservation and retention in image files uploaded to Facebook by users.

Google Adopts PLUS Standards to Identify Images Worldwide. Google has launched the Google Licenseable Badge, a new feature designed to recognize and act on PLUS metadata embedded in image files found by Google on the web. When a rightsholder adds a web address to the PLUS "Licensor URL" field in an image file, Google Images will mark that image as "Licenseable" and will direct the public to the specified web page on the rightsholder's website. In addition, Google will display the name of the rightsholder, if specified in the PLUS "Licensor Name" field in the image file. PLUS and Google entered discussions in 2008 towards adoption of PLUS metadata to identify image rightsholders and rights information. PLUS thanks Google for adopting the PLUS standards! See Google's Instructions.

Get Your Free Listing in the PLUS Registry! The non-profit PLUS Registry is a global online resource that provides instant identification of image creators, image rights holders, images and related image rights information. Visit the PLUS Registry Beta site now at www.PLUS.org.

PLUS Registry Browser Lookup of PLUS IDs The PLUS Registry allows for lookups of PLUS IDs written in URL format, such as http://plus-id.org/[your ID here]. To register and to reserve your PLUS ID and custom PLUS IDs, visit the Registry at www.PLUS.org.

PLUS and Content Authenticity. PLUS supports the founding of the Content Authenticity Initiative announced at Adobe MAX in November, 2019. PLUS will actively participate in the initiative.

PLUS to participate in Copyright Technology Conference in January, 2020. More.

PLUS supports and applauds the work of IPTC's Photo Metadata Working Group on a new standard for identifying regions within an image. Also IPTC's informative surveys on the use of photo metadata, and on the preservation of metadata on social media platforms. PLUS and IPTC have been cooperating for more than 15 years.

Selling Stock. A founding PLUS Coalition member, Selling Stock is the leading publication on the business of stock photography, with breaking industry news, opinions and advice. Subscribe.

Amazon Web Services Supports PLUS with a significant grant of technology services. Amazon is a supporter of the PLUS Coalition and PLUS Registry.

AuthSMTP supports PLUS with a generous contribution of SMTP services for the PLUS website, PLUS Registry, PLUSnews and other outbound PLUS email communications. AuthSMTP is the leading provider of global authenticated SMTP email services. Visit AuthSMTP at www.AuthSMTP.com...

UserVoice Supports PLUS, providing UserVoice Feedback and Helpdesk for the PLUS Registry. UserVoice is the most effective way for software companies and web app developers to incorporate feedback tools into their product websites, extending feedback channels to give users an easy way to voice their thoughts on new features, roadmaps, etc. More.

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