Your Partner for Copyright Protection

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About Us

Permission Machine is your business partner in pursuing copyright infringements. We offer you proprietary reverse image search technology to identify uses of your images, copyright enforcement and ethical collection of settlement demands at no cost to you.

Our focus is on high-quality leads and we offer a user-friendly workflow to save you time and ensure higher success rates. We improve performance by combining intelligent automated processes with a dedicated human touch. PM manually checks the search results, filters out mismatches and flags commercial websites. Our clients include a wide range of photo and news agencies and photographers. Join us!

Permission Machine is a supporter of the Digital Media Licensing Association (DMLA), CEPIC, The Copyright Alliance and APA.

Meet the PM team

Ywein Van den Brande​

Permission Machine founder Ywein Van den Brande is a lawyer specializing in intellectual property and copyright law. Mr. Van den Brande studied law, computer science and economics in Leuven, Belgium (KU Leuven and Groep T), Rouen, France (Universite de Rouen) and Los Angeles, USA (UCLA Law School).

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Michael Masterson​

Mr. Masterson has a broad range of experience in marketing, business development, strategic planning, contact negotiations and recruiting in the photography industry including his long experience at the Workbook and Workbookstock. Masterson has been a speaker or panelist at industry events such as PhotoPlus Expo, Visual Connections, the Digital Media Licensing Association (DMLA) national conference and FootageFest ‘18. He was the national president of the American Society of Picture Professionals (ASPP) from 2010-2013. Masterson heads up U.S. operations for Permission Machine.

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Nico Matthijs​

Mr. Matthijs is an experienced intellectual property and litigation attorney with a degree from KU Leuven. He has 25 years’ experience in both criminal and civil law. He was appointed as a deputy judge in the Court of Appeals in Brussels in 2016. Matthijs is the legal director for Permission Machine’s French office.

Christopher Vaughan

With over 10 years’ experience in managing worldwide distribution of imagery and achieving fair compensation for creators, Mr. Vaughan is an expert in the field of visual media licensing. Previously the head of distribution at Image Source, Mr. Vaughan is now the commercial director for Permission Machine, Ltd. in the UK.

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