PLUS (Picture Licensing Universal System), ‘an international non-profit initiative on a mission to simplify and facilitate the communication and management of image rights’ announced that is has funding to launch its registry this fall. The goal for PLUS is to create a system of standards that helps manage image rights across countries.
With core funding now in place, the PLUS Coalition is fully engaged in developing the PLUS Registry, a global online resource connecting images, rights holders and rights information.*
The neutral, non-profit registry. Operated on a non-profit basis by and for all communities engaged in creating, distributing, using and preserving images, the PLUS Registry is not subject to influence or acquisition by commercial entities or special interest groups. Truly an industry-neutral resource.
Unique Identifiers for every rights holder, image and license. By registering with PLUS, each rights holder obtains a “PLUS-ID” uniquely identifying that individual or company throughout the global marketplace. When distributing or publishing images, rights holders may assign and embed a special unique PLUS-ID into each image, allowing image users to easily and quickly access and manage the rights information associated with that copy of the image.
Global metadata for a global marketplace. Images published or distributed in one country are instantly distributed and accessible worldwide. Image users in all countries must be able to access rights information for any image. With participants in more than thirty countries, the PLUS Coalition is a global organization, and the PLUS standards and Registry are designed to support instant automated translation of the rights associated with any image.