News & Events

ECJ ruling against reposting - Cordoba ruling welcomed

A welcome new  judgement ECJ on the Cordoba case makes the rules on whether the audience is a 'new public' simple and clear. In short you need the copyright owners consent in all cases. They say "the posting of a work protected by copyright on one website, other than that on which the initial communication was made with the consent of the copyright holder,…must be treated as making such a work available to a new public". See . The rules around using links have also been getting clearer - they not allowed for profit. There is an even simpler rule. If you copy or link for commercial gain, get a licence.

PDLN welcomes IFRRO.

The network keeps growing. PDLN is pleased to announce that IFRRO ( is joining PDLN as an observer member.

Cision Acquisition continues with ShareIQ Visual Recognition Technology 

Cision announced at the end of July that it has acquired the technical assets of Berlin-based ShareIQ, which discovers, analyzes and indexes original pieces of visual content Cision claims this means it has become "the first earned media platform in the industry to monitor, analyze and attribute value to both text and visual content". Others might say using technology for ad monitoring is a natiral development.  

Kevin Akeroyd, Cision CEO, said. "With more than three billion images uploaded to the web each day and more than 95 million images added to channels like Instagram daily, earned media is becoming increasingly visual. Cision will be the first to provide comms professionals with a way to harness the true business impact of the visual content market."

Publisher's Right Defended

Following the Parliaments rejection of the JURI report in July many are waiting to see how the Commission, the Parliament and Council can move forward. We note;-   

The Publishers’ Right:

  • gives publishers the legal standing already enjoyed by music, film and broadcasters which the press needs to assert its copyright online
  • encourages companies that wish to re-use and monetise publishers’ content to negotiate licences
  • excludes individuals from the scope of the right – their right to share links will remain untouched
  • entitles journalists to a fair share of any additional licence revenue granted by the Right
  • specifically excludes hyperlinks from the scope of protection
  • is essential for small newspapers and magazines with their numerous journalistic digital startups across Europe who have even greater challenges than large publishing groups when attempting to exercise their rights against US corporations


PDLN London conference breaks records 

The June 2018 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.


The latest PDLN Newsletter is now published and is available for download here 


MBrain and Retriever square up

Norwegian arms of the Scandinavian MMOs are disputing whether royalties were under reported by MBrain. A May Oslo court ruling denied MBrain's attempt to set aside the case. 

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



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. PDLN has 27 members in 23 countries.