Research and Copyright

American Society of Picture Professionals (ASPP)
Our mission is to provide professional networking and educational opportunities for our members and the visual arts industry. If you create, edit, research, license, distribute, manage or publish visual content, ASPP is the place for you.

Copyright Alliance
A non-profit, non-partisan educational organization dedicated to the value of copyright as an agent for creativity, jobs and growth.

The Copyright Society of the U.S.A.
Dedicated to advancing the study of copyright law and related rights in literature, music, art, theater, motion pictures, television, computer software, architecture, and other works of authorship, distributed via both traditional and new media.

Library of Congress
The Library's mission is to support the Congress in fulfilling its constitutional duties and to further the progress of knowledge and creativity for the benefit of the American people.

Picture Research Association (PRA)
A professional organisation for picture researchers, picture editors, and anyone specifically involved in the research, management and supply of visual material to the media industry.

Picture Licensing Universal System
A cooperative, multi-industry initiative - is a three part system that clearly defines and categorizes image usage around the world, from granting and acquiring licenses to tracking and managing them well into the future.

United States Copyright Office
To promote creativity by administering and sustaining an effective national copyright system.
To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries (U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 8)

Visual Researchers Society of Canada (VRSC)
Exists to promote excellence in the field of visual research in all media.

Visual Resources Association (VRA)
A multi-disciplinary organization dedicated to furthering research and education in the field of image management within the educational, cultural heritage, and commercial environments.

Photographer and Stock Agency Organizations

American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP)
The premier trade association for the world's most respected photographers. ASMP is the leader in promoting photographers' rights, providing education in better business practices, producing business publications for photographers, and helping to connect purchasers with professional photographers.

The Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators (CAPIC)
A national, not-for-profit association dedicated to safeguarding and promoting the rights and interests of photographers, illustrators and digital artists working in the communication industry.

Coordination of European Picture Agencies Stock, Press and Heritage (CEPIC)
A united voice for the press, stock & heritage organisations of Europe in all matters pertaining to the photographic industry.

Professional Media Hub dedicated to supporting and promoting the UK's commercial photography industry.

Picture Archive Council of America (PACA)
To foster and protect the interests of the picture archive community through advocacy, education and communication.