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Your Partner for Copyright Protection

Visual Rights Group 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. Visual Rights Group 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

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Ywein Van den Brande

President, Visual Rights Group

Visual Rights Group 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).

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Michael Masterson

CEO, Visual Rights Group 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 Visual Rights Group, Inc.

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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 Visual Rights Group, Ltd. in the UK.

Ted Sikkink

Country Director

Ted Sikkink is a professional with 35+ years experience as a managing director and senior executive at diverse organizations in international environments. Some companies Ted worked for are Warner, EMI, RTL, Agfa, and business consultancy companies like Davaci and Avance. In early September 2023, Ted joined Visual Rights Group as an independent consultant in charge of business development for the French market.

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