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Here you can find links to trade associations and organisations who offer a range of useful resources and information.
The British Association of Picture Libraries and Agencies, or BAPLA, is the trade association for picture libraries in the UK, and has been a trade body since 1975. Members include the major news, stock and production agencies as well as Sole Traders and Cultural Heritage Institutions.
CEPIC federates nearly a thousand of picture agencies and photo libraries in 20 countries across Europe, both within and outside the European Union. It has affiliates in North America and Asia. CEPIC’s membership includes large and smaller stock photo libraries, major photo news agencies, art galleries and museums, video companies.
PACA is the trade organization in North America that represents the vital interests of stock archives of every size, from individual photographes to large corporations, who license images for commercial reproduction. Founded in 1951, its membership includes over 100 companies in North America and over 50 international members.
PLUS is a multi-industry coalition dedicated to making image licensing easier through a system of universal standards that simplify and facilitate licensing and rights management. The PLUS standards include a Picture Licensing Glossary, PLUS Packs™. a License Data Format, a Media Matrix, a PLUS-ID system, and PLUS Registries designed to serve the needs of all licensors and licensees.