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Powered by intellectual property law experts and strong believers in ethical business practices.

Your Partner for Copyright Protection

Permission Machine was founded in 2013 by Ywein Van den Brande, an IT engineer and lawyer specializing in international copyright law. 

The company was launched as an alternative to the usual way of identifying and pursuing infringements for copyright holders. Our service provides them with a more efficient and cost-effective solution without the need to engage lawyers, but with the legal expertise to effectively mediate settlements. 

In addition to our home office in Antwerp, Belgium, we also have offices in London, Paris and Los Angeles employing 35 staff members worldwide. We also have an extensive network of lawyers, legal partners and bailiffs to support where required. Permission Machine is also a supporter of the Digital Media Licensing Association (DMLA), the British Association of Picture Libraries and Agencies (BAPLA), The Copyright Alliance and photographers’ associations.

Meet the team

Photo by Marcio Bastos

Ywein Van den Brande

CEO, Permission Machine Group

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 (Université de Rouen) and Los Angeles, USA (UCLA Law School).

Photo by Bob Schmolze

Michael Masterson

CEO, Permission Machine USA
United States

Mr. Masterson has a broad range of experience in marketing, business development and strategic planning in the photography industry including his long experience at the Workbook and Workbookstock. He was also the national president of the American Society of Picture Professionals (ASPP) from 2010-2013. Masterson heads up U.S. operations for Permission Machine, Inc.

Photo by Nicolas Garandeau

Camille Maye

Country Director

After obtaining her LLM (Master of Laws) in International and European Intellectual Property Law from Trinity College, Dublin, Ms. Maye gained extensive experience working in those areas with Parisian artists. She brings those skills to Permission Machine as the Chief Country Officer in France where she implements the company’s strategy in addressing infringements.

Photo by Javed Mohammed Photography

Christopher Vaughan

Country Director
United Kingdom

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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