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PDLN London conference success 

The PDLN London conference was a success with record delegate numbers, great speakers include;- New York Times - Alice Ting, Head or Syndication and Brand Licensing; Google - Bénédicte Autret, Head Strategic Relations UK, Benelux; FIBEP, Johna Burke, President (also Burrelles Luce); IFRRO, Caroline Morgan, Secretary General; Legal expert Elenora Rosati, Southampton University; Carlos Amaral, CEO of Priberum, contributor to the EU SUMMA project. 

Presentations are available for members on the private area of the PDLN site and - where allowed - will be shared with other delegates soon. Some photos here.

Thanks to everyone who attended. See for more detail on the event.

 Entente Cordiale. Kantar's Christophe Dickes and CFC's Francois Gabai


Judges spring into action

Like nesting sparrows the lawyers are busy everywhere right now. In Portugal  Visapress and MMOs have been encouraged to settle by the courts prior to trial;- an announcement is expected very soon. In Spain CEDRO have secured a disclosure order against MMOs to help determine copying activity. Italian licensing body Promopress appeal against Data Stampa and Eco de la Stampa is due to be heard very soon. We hear rumours of potential action in Germany, and the Polish MMO case is also in the works. In Australia Meltwater have started a Copyright Tribunal case.  The US broadcast conetnt case ruling was public in March, with Fox winning against MMO supplier TVEyes. 

The resulting advice is to train your children to be copyright lawyers; - they will never be short of work.  

Infomedia goes global with acquisition of Opoint Technology

PDLN member Infomedia has acquired former member Norwegian Opoint Technology from M-brain. The transfer includes Opoint’s leading global web-crawling technology for online media, the business of web-crawling services for +70 international media monitors and key personnel in Oslo and Chennai.   

Thomas Veljemund, CEO Informedia with Hans Christian Nodahl, Infomedia, and Jon Anders Tangnes, formerly Opoint


Over the last couple of years, Infomedia had begun a journey towards becoming a Nordic player. The company invested heavily in new technology, data science, insight products and services and new partnerships.  “We transformed Infomedia from a 'traditional' media monitor to becoming a full-scale media intelligence company with strong insights capabilities and leading solutions within all aspects of the media space, including print, online, broadcast and social media,” says Infomedia’s CEO, Thomas Vejlemand.

He continues; “The acquisition marks yet another milestone for Infomedia. We are now able to provide global online media content and a strong web-crawling technology for new digital products. This goes very well in hand with the partnerships with Talkwalker and Hootsuite for social media listening and engagement. We also strengthen our position in the global media monitoring space by having an even stronger partner channel with customers from US, to Europe and Asia,” says Vejlemand

The acquisition delivers on many fronts. “We believe in continued growth in web-crawling services for the media intelligence space – both by driving the solution to new customers, but also by adding new services on top of the current crawling, feeds and platform,” says Vejlemand. He continues, “We see new opportunities with other technology platforms and industries, where high-quality global media content could make an impact, i.e. Social media-platforms, CRM, ERP, CMS, e-commerce. Improved insights in media content could be one differentiating factor for many platforms, and we want to take Opoint web data and technology to those new levels in the global tech-space.”

Text aggregators PDLN seminar Berlin March 8th 

PMG hosted a seminar on text aggregators in Berlin on 8th March. The media monitoring services that PDLN members supply and license live in the market alongside text aggregators like Factiva and LexisNexis. The boundaries between MMOs and these services may be eroding. The growing use of text – encouraged by the growing use of web content in text format by users – and the increased timeliness of web content delivery may be weakening the appeal of media monitoring based on traditional print delivered as a PDF. Further the supply lines established between text aggregators and MMOs is potentially diluting licensing value for publishers.

Alternatively text aggregators may be partners, especially in the area of data supply management and in creating simpler licensing solutions for PDLN members and publishers. A number of PDLN members have good close working relationships with text aggregators, who pay royalties to publishers, unlike many web scrapers.

The aim of the seminar was to help PDLN members understand and explore the dynamics and the impact on their business of text aggregators and especially their relationship with MMOs, and to help publishers make better informed decisions about licensing strategies.  Presentations are available to members only. Contact  


About PDLN

PDLN aims to protect and promote the interest of publishers in media monitoring services. Its members seek to encourage the development of simple, efficient market solutions to the supply and use of press information internationally. PDLN works to share best practice in licensing and supply and to create forums for content owners and users to come together to solve the challenges of improving these services. The Press Database and Licensing Network (PDLN) is an association representing organisations owned or controlled by publishers who license or supply newspaper, magazine and website material for media monitoring, press cutting and press review services. PDLN was founded in 2008 and has grown rapidly. It now has 26 members in 23 countries.