Ossie Ikeogu speaking at FOCUS -Who owns the future? ©Paul Seheult / Eye Ubiquitous
FOCUS: Who owns the future?‘, the second BAPLA FOCUS workshop of 2015 took place at the Wellcome Trust on 1st October.

Commenting on the day, BAPLA chair Isabelle Doran, said: “Once again the sellout FOCUS event was a huge success, bringing the latest debates and information to members and picture buyers, whilst providing a unique opportunity to connect and discuss relevant issues that influence and transform our industry. It is quickly becoming an important date in the calendar year.”

The ‘Future Licensing Trends‘ panel which kicked off the event saw a lively and constructive discussion around the subject of ‘are we heading towards a one-size-fits-all solution’?

The panel of ‘the Numbers Game discussed if having the most images was as important as it was at the start of the 21st Century now that vast quantities of images enter the online space.

During the ‘Media Buyers Panel‘ five experienced media researchers provided a useful insight into the changing role of the picture researcher.

At the ‘Future Technology Trends’ session topics ranged from crowdsourcing news, embed codes in photos to reach new audiences, to resolving the online conundrum of tracing licensors by using image identifiers.

The FOCUS seminars were followed by the BAPLA AGM for BAPLA members and a Social Media legal presentation for non-members. The day concluded with BAPLA’s 40th anniversary party.

Ossie Ikeogu speaking at FOCUS: Who owns the future? ©Paul Seheult / Eye Ubiquitous