2018 Agenda


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Day 1
05 Oct 2018
8:30 am - 9:30 am



Pete Mathias, Bertelsmann Entrepreneurs Program, Bertelsmann
Vaughn Mckenzie-Landell, CEO & Co-Founder, JAAK

Pete Mathias & Vaughn Mckenzie-Landell
Topic: Pioneering Music Blockchain Pilot: Learnings & Application For The Wider IP Industries

The complexities of copyright and IP management have the music industry in a stranglehold, affecting creators, rights holders, and those who license music – but blockchain offers a potential solution, a unified framework to collaborate on a single view of rights. London-based tech start-up JAAK is laying the foundation for an industry-wide solution with their blockchain-based rights network KORD, with the goal of providing a single global view of intellectual property information. With a successful pilot including key music industry players behind them, the potential gains are huge and extend beyond music into broader IP and content industries. JAAK CEO Vaughn McKenzie-Landell and Bertelsmann’s Pete Mathias discuss the outcomes of the music pilot and the wider implications for the creative sector.

Pete Mathias


Media and technology industry leaders offer a big-picture view of the current state of media rights management and licensing for rights owners and users, how technology is changing the way rights are cleared and paid for, and whether new technologies such as crypto and A.I. can make rights markets more efficient, scalable and transparent.

Deep Ghumman, Principal, Advisory Services, EY
Lillian Ruiz, COO & Co-Founder, Civil Media Company
Jarrod Dicker, CEO, Po.et
Jesse Grushack, Co- Founder, Ujo Music
Moderator: Christopher Kenneally, Director, Business Development, Copyright Clearance Center



Deep Ghumman
Lillian Ruiz
Jarrod Dicker
Jesse Grushack
Christopher Kenneally


Eve Sussman, Artist

Eve Sussman
Artist Spotlight
Eve Sussman is a Brooklyn-based artist working in film, video, and installation. Sussman will present a preview of 89 seconds Atomized, a re-invention of her well-known video artwork, 89 Seconds at Alcázar89 Seconds at Alcázar is a continuous seamlessly looping video that imagines that space and the characters in Diego Velazquez’s painting Las Meninas. It was first shown at the 2004 Whitney Biennial. All editions of the piece are in museums (MoMA, Whitney) or private collections. Sussman is now appropriating her last artist proof to make a new work: 89 seconds Atomized, and presenting it to the crypto community via an interactive project on the blockchain in collaboration with Snark.art. The artist will tell the back-story of this project and give a preview of this blockchain experiment.

Eve Sussman
11:15 am – 11:45 am


The Enumerated Manuscript: Unique IDs, Metadata and Registries

Machine-to-machine rights management requires machine-readable rights data. A look at how different media industries are tackling the challenge of assigning standardized, machine-readable identifiers and metadata to creative works, how those data are registered and made available, and the relationship between private registries and public records.

Jacob Varghese, Founder & Director, Noctil
Daniel Doubrovkine, CTO, Artsy.net
Michael Simon, President, Rumblefish; CEO, Harry Fox Agency LLC
Mario Pena, Product Manager, Safe Creative Ltd.
Moderator: Maurice Russell, CEO & Founder, Media Rights Management

Jacob Varghese
Daniel Doubrovkine
Michael Simon
Mario Pena
Maurice Russell

Staking a Claim: Authorship, Attribution, and Authentication

From photographs and paintings, to musical work sand poetry, the value of many types of creative works lies in their attribution and provenance. But the lack of reliable records of ownership and authorship makes buying and selling them risky and leaves authors and creators uncredited and often unpaid. This panel will examine how entrepreneurs are leveraging blockchain and other technologies to create verified records of a work’s origin and history.

​Jessica Sobhraj, CEO, Cosynd
Robert Norton, CEO & Co-Founder, Verisart
Jackson Turner, Partner, Soundchains
Drew Waters, Vice President, VEVA Sound
Moderator: D.K. Smith, CMO & Co-Founder, dxDigital.com 

Jessica Sobhraj
Robert Norton
Jackson Turner
Drew Waters
D.K. Smith

One of a Kind: Engineering Digital Scarcity with Blockchain

Digital technology did away with scarcity, upending many media industry business models. But the economics of scarcity may be poised for a comeback thanks to blockchain. This panel will explore how artists, entrepreneurs and developers are leveraging blockchain technology to create new businesses around digital collectibles, limited editions and unique digital assets.

Stu Levy, Founder, TOKYOPOP, POP Comics, POP Crypto
Misha Libman, Co-Founder & Head of Product, Snark.art
Mark Willis, Co-Founder & Chief Design Officer, Texel
Alex Bulkin, Co-Founder & Chief Alchemist, CoinFund
Moderator: Paul Sweeting, CEO, Concurrent Media, Editor & Co-Chair, RightsTech


Stu Levy
Misha Libman
Mark Willis
Alex Bulkin
12:45 pm - 2:00 pm


View From the Top: Copyright Reform in the U.S. and Europe

Copyright legislation in the U.S. and Europe is poised to bring the most sweeping changes in decades to how media content is distributed, licensed, and used. Industry leaders, policymakers and legal experts will discuss how the changes will the changes affect artists, rights owners, content users, and consumers, and where the debate goes from here.

Sarah Howes, Director & Counsel, Government Affairs & Public Policy, Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
Ben McEwen, Commercial Director, ICE (London)
Alisa Coleman, Chief Operating Officer, ABKCO Music & Records, Inc.
Keith Kupferschmid, CEO, Copyright Alliance
Moderator: Adrienne Fields, Director of Legal Affairs, Artists Rights Society (ARS)


Sarah Howes
Ben McEwen
Alisa Coleman
Keith Kupferschmid
Adrienne Fields

Fireside Chat with Merck Mercuridias and Nile Rodgers of Hipgnosis

Fireside Chat with Merck Mercuridias and Nile Rodgers of Hipgnosis

Merck Mercuridias, CEO, Founder, & Managing Partner, Hipgnosis Songs Ltd
Nile Rodgers, Grammy Award-Winning Producer, Songwriter, Musician, and Singer


Robert Levine, Author, Freelance Writer

Merck Mercuriadis
Nile Rodgers
Robert Levine

What’s it Worth? Investing in Rights and Royalties

Leaders from the worlds of finance, startups, and venture capital provide an overview of the M&A and investment climate for rights management companies, and discuss the valuation of rights and royalties and their potential as an asset class in their own right.

Daniel Dewar, Founder, Paperchain
Pete Mathias, Bertelsmann Entrepreneurs Program, Bertelsmann
Virginie Berger, Managing Partner, DBTHCap Ventures
Moderator: Sun Jen Yung, Partner, Head of Digital Media, Nfluence Partners



Daniel Dewar
Pete Mathias
Virginie Berger
Sun Jen Yung

Mixes, Mashups and UGC

Many users of copyrighted works in mixes, mashups and user-generated content go uncounted and uncompensated. Others never happen because they can’t be licensed. This panel will explore how entrepreneurs and developers are tackling some of the most confounding and complex challenges in rights management.

JJ Rosen, EVP of Music Strategy & Industry Relations, Splice
Jonathan Skogmo, Founder & CEO, Jukin Media
Noah Becker, President, AdRev
Rasty Turek, CEO, Pex
Moderator: Chauncy Jackson, President, Siri Music Group

JJ Rosen
Jonathan Skogmo
Rasty Turek
Chauncy Jackson

DIY Tools and Financing for Artists

Artists and entrepreneurs discuss how technology is enabling creators to manage and finance their own careers and retain control of their work.

G. Thomas Esmay, Director of Business Development, SingularDTV
Rick Goetz, Marketing Director, ONErpm
Cheryl Potts, Founder & CEO, Cleerkut
Dae Bogan, CEO & Founder, TuneRegistry
Moderator: Georgii Speakman, Founder, OUT.LI.ER

Rick Goetz
Cheryl Potts
Dae Bogan
Georgii Speakman

Show Me the Money: Bringing Transparency to Residuals and Royalty Payments

The music business has its notorious “black box” money problem, but creators and licensors in many rights-based industries lack effective tools to track the money their works generate as it makes its way back upstream. This panel will examine how entrepreneurs, developers, artists and agents are trying to bring greater transparency to the system of accounting and payments.

Danny Anders, CEO & Founder, ClearTracks
Razi Rais, Subject Matter Expert (Blockchain), Microsoft
Cédric Cobban, President and Founder, PeerTracks Inc.
Eugene Mopsik, CEO, American Society for Collective Rights Licensing (ASCRL)
Moderator: Christopher Kenneally, Director, Business Development, Copyright Clearance Center


Danny Anders
Razi Rais
Cédric Cobban
Eugene Mopsik
Christopher Kenneally
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm


A.I.: What to Make of Machine-Made Art?

Courts say monkeys can’t own copyrights, but what about machines? As artificial intelligence systems increasingly are used to create music, photographs, news articles, and artworks, who or what owns the copyrights? If not that machine then whose creative input controls and how should it be credited? Can an A.I. system join a CMO?

Christopher Sprigman, Professor, NYU School of Law, Co-Director, Engelberg Center on Innovation Law and Policy
Taishi Fukuyama, Co-founder, COO, Amadeus Code
Ahmed Elgammal, CEO, Artrendex
Edward Klaris, Managing Partner, KlarisIP

Christopher Sprigman
Taishi Fukuyama
Ahmed Elgammal
Edward Klaris