SOURCE: PicScout

November 22, 2005 03:33 ET

Corbis Expands Its Partnership With PicScout to Enhance the Protection of Its Rights Managed Images

HERZELIYA, ISRAEL and SEATTLE, WA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 22, 2005 -- Corbis and PicScout announced today an extension of their partnership to improve the monitoring and tracking of Corbis images.

The Image Tracker™ Service enables the monitoring of usage of 1.2 million Corbis Rights Managed images. Corbis will use Image Tracker to better protect its photographers and images collections against misuse.

"Corbis is constantly expanding the tools it uses to protect against misuse of its represented imagery. Our images are seen daily by millions of people around the world -- in magazines, newspapers, and films, on television, and in thousands of advertisements. Image Tracker will add to Corbis' ability to track down and eliminate illegal use of Corbis images," said David Weiskopf, Corbis Corporate Counsel.

PicScout Image Tracker™ is the market standard for monitoring visual assets and is capable of detecting highly distorted images. PicScout applies the most sophisticated crawling and image recognition technology in the world to find image misuses in print and websites in major stock photography markets, such as US, Canada, UK, Germany and France.

"The last two-year experience showed that the stock photo industry has been leaving great sums of money on the table due to inability to track web and print piracy. The Image Tracker™ Service helps our customers in turning countless number of commercial infringements into loyal imagery customers and expands their enforcement capabilities. We expect this long-term partnership to contribute to the common goal of Corbis and its creative contributors worldwide," added Eyal Gura, PicScout CEO.

About Corbis

Corbis (www.corbis.com) provides complete visual solutions used every day by publishers, advertising and design agencies, filmmakers, and other creative professionals to tell their stories with impact that goes beyond words. Our image licensing, assignment & representation, and rights services enable clients around the world to differentiate brands, sell products and services, support news stories, and entertain audiences. Corbis is headquartered in Seattle, with 20 offices throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.

About PicScout

PicScout (www.picscout.com) is a leading technology and services provider to the content-related industry. The company offers solutions for visual assets owners to control and protect their intellectual property. PicScout's image recognition solution enables the comparison of image databases to individual images, which are being used on various media. This service enables stock photography agencies, photographers and enterprises to better control their assets, enforce copyrights, manage channels and increase their customer base. PicScout monitors over 4.5 million images for the world's most prestigious image libraries.

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