Biography of Ellen Boughn

Expert Witness and Appraiser

Boughn has been involved as an expert witness in matters relating to licensing of the reproduction rights to images for over 35 years. Boughn’s initial expert witness assignment was in the 1990’s when she prepared a report and testified as an expert witness in a matter relating to photographs that had allegedly been taken during the assassination of Robert Kennedy. Her first appraisal assignment was in the same time period, preparing an appraisal of the George Hurrell Estate Collection of photographs for tax purposes.

Her career in photography began in Los Angeles as founder of the creative photo agency, After-Image. She was responsible for all legal and contract matters with both photographers and licensees as well as being the creative head of the agency. She sold the company to the U.K. business, Tony Stone Images (now part of Getty Images), becoming president of Tony Stone/LA.

Leaving Stone after three years, she successfully marketed and sold the digital rights of the Horace Bristol Archive to Corbis Images. Corbis hired her as it’s first Executive Editor responsible for advertising and commercial images. She also served as Interim Director of Sales (Licensing). Subsequent to the Corbis experience, Ellen built three more collections for different licensing companies, twice from inception, responsible for all contracts and licensing documents in addition to recruitment and writing technical requirements for the company websites.

Since then she has performed collection appraisals as they related to the future licensing value of copyrighted work or the value of licenses in matters relating to unauthorized uses as well as preparing expert reports on the same subjects. She has been deposed many times.

Boughn  is most often engaged as an expert witness to determine the licensing value of images involved in unauthorized use cases or to value future income due to loss or damage but has also prepared reports and declarations about patents that relate to the licensing of intellectual property over the Internet.

She has excellent writing and communication skills, is a published author and frequent lecturer. She acts as a consultant to individual photographers as well as to both licensee and licensors.

Graduating from Colorado College (Zoology) and from the UCLA Anderson School’s Executive Program in 1985, Boughn has attended many continuing education seminars, classes and courses. She is a member of the Copyright Society, the Northwest College of Art and Design Advisory Board and a member of DMLA (Digital Media Licensing Association) and ASPP (American Society of Picture Professionals) She has attended the Congress of European Picture Agencies (CEPIC) over a dozen times. Her appraisals follow USPAP (Seattle 2008 | Los Angeles 2014) guidelines. Ellen has been retained by law firms both small and large, on both coasts and in between, as well as for European and Canadian Plaintiffs and Defendants.

She is based on Bainbridge Island, WA in the Seattle area.

Boughn’s CV is available by contacting her at

Ellen Boughn  is available 9-5 Pacific Time at 206-201-3315

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