Your Partner for Copyright Protection
Powered by intellectual property law experts and strong believers in ethical business practices.
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Founded in 2013, Permission Machine is your business partner in pursuing copyright infringements. We offer proprietary reverse image search technology, copyright enforcement, collection of fees and royalties and an in-house legal service.
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 automated search results, filters out mismatches, and flags established companies and commercial websites. Our in-house copyright attorneys oversee all cases. Our clients include photo and news agencies and photographers.
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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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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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.
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