SOURCE: PicScout


June 08, 2010 19:39 ET

Amanaimages Selects PicScout for Image Protection -- PicScout Simultaneously Announces Onsite APAC Presence to Serve Region

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SILICON VALLEY, CA and TOKYO--(Marketwire - June 8, 2010) -  PicScout™ and amanaimages, Inc. have contracted to work together as PicScout expands its operations in the region in order to protect and promote images for the growing Asia-Pacific (APAC) market for stock photography and images. Amanaimage's selection of PicScout ImageTracker™ provides the company with access to the world's leading technology and information reporting for managing image infringement and copyright issues.

"PicScout technology is critical to preserving the integrity of images and the stock photo business worldwide," said Shinji Koba, amanaimages president. "Our relationship with PicScout demonstrates our commitment to protecting our images while continuing to grow our business in the region."

"PicScout is very proud to partner with amanaimages, one of the world's largest and most respected stock photo agencies. Amanaimages and PicScout share the vision of ensuring that Every Image Gets its Credit. We look forward to accomplishing remarkable things together in this region so rich with imagery and image appreciation," said Offir Gutelzon, PicScout CEO. "With this announcement, I'm also excited to announce our opening of an on-the-ground presence in APAC with our Japan office."

As part of the company's growing client base in APAC, PicScout has appointed a regional sales director for PicScout to cover this region, Naoko Asai. Ms. Asai is well known in the APAC region and has been involved in a broad spectrum of media and is experienced in the stock photo agency business, formerly as Corbis Japan's Representative Director and with amanaimages as the leader of its editorial team.

"To support our growing client base, we have established a local presence for the region to bring the full spectrum of PicScout products and services and legal support to the stock photo business of APAC," said Amy Love, PicScout VP of Marketing and Business Development. "Quality local engagement is critical to good business development, to which PicScout is committed."

About PicScout

Founded in 2002, PicScout™ is the information company commanding the world's largest index of fingerprinted and owner identified images, protecting and promoting images for use across digital platforms and devices through the company's proprietary and highly scalable image recognition fingerprinting technology. The PicScout suite of products leverage the company's ImageIRC™ platform, which includes ImageTracker™ and ImageExchange™ products, the ImageQualification™ service, and an open API for developers to create products and services to meet the demands of clients engaged in digital image use.

A financially independent, privately held company, PicScout has offices in the Silicon Valley, Herzliya, Israel and Tokyo, Japan. PicScout is a member of PACA, CEPIC, and BAPLA

About amanaimages

amanaimages, Inc. is a stock photo agency offering Japan's largest stock photo collection featuring a wide range of photos from people, natural scenery, and fine art to news photos.

Search through over 7,500,000 stock photos including works from well-known photographers from Japan and abroad as well as original works from highly creative brands. All photos may be purchased online from our website at

In addition to photo sales, we also provide marketing and product development services using our photos. We also offer services to assist with production of installations and exhibits ranging from planning to dealing with copyright and intellectual property. We aim to provide comprehensive support for the creative efforts of our clients.

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