2019 RightsTech Europe Agenda


*Schedule and speakers are subject to change

Day 1
09 Sep 2019
Day 2
10 Sep 2019

Welcome & Opening Remarks


Paul Sweeting, CEO, Concurrent Media, Editor & Co-Chair, RightsTech
Ned Sherman, Counsel/Director, Manatt Digital, Founder, Digital Media Wire

Paul Sweeting
Ned Sherman

Toward A Global View Of Rights

Like most forms of commerce today, the business of buying, selling, and licensing of rights is increasingly a global enterprise. But global commerce requires global intelligence. What is needed to achieve a global view of rights? How are different sectors of the media industry addressing the challenge? How are those efforts progressing?


Mick Hayes, Director of Product Management, ICE
Vaughn Mckenzie-Landell, CEO & Co-Founder, JAAK

Mick Hayes
Vaughn Mckenzie-Landell

Featured Presentation


Sylvain Piat, Director of Business, CISAC

Sylvain Piat

The Enumerated Manuscript: Turning Names Into Numbers

Accurately and unambiguously identifying individual creative works and their attributes is critical to tracking their usage and availability on digital platforms. From metadata standards to globally unique identifiers, how are different media sectors meeting the challenge of turning ad hoc lists of names and titles into consistent, machine-readable code?


Mark Isherwood, DDEX Secretariat, Digital Data Exchange, LLC
Paul Jessop, Founder & Director, County Analytics Ltd
Sylvain Piat, Director of Business, CISAC

Sylvain Piat
Mark Isherwood
Paul Jessop
3:00 pm-3:30 pm


What’s it Worth? Investing in Rights and Royalties

From securitized royalty streams to rights-tech M&A, rights an rights management are attracting growing interest from investors. What’s driving it? Which sectors are attracting capital? Can rights and royalties become a viable asset class?


Rana Diorio, Co-Founder & CEO, Creative Mint, Inc.
Céline Moille, Partner, Yellaw

Céline Moille
Rana DiOrio

Follow the Money: Improving Transparency Into Usage Data, Earnings, and Royalty Payments for Copyrighted Works

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 using technology to bring greater transparency to measuring usage, calculating and tracking royalty payments, and reducing fraud.


Nermina Mumic, CEO, LEGITARY

Nermina Mumic
5:30 pm-6:30 pm


Copyright In The Digital Market

Assessing the impact of the EU Copyright Directive, in Europe and beyond

Matthias Hornschuh, Composer, GEMA Board member
Jessica Sänger, Director for European and International Affairs, Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels, German Publishers and Booksellers Association

Jessica Sänger
10:45 am - 11:15 am

Networking Break

The Future Of Collective Rights Management

What is the future of collective rights management and CMOs in an era of multi-territorial licensing and growing demands for transparency and privacy?


Wolfgang Senges, Strategies, Innovation & Project Management, ContentSphere

Wolfgang Senges

Provenance, Authentication & Registration

From cloud computing to blockchain, technology is making it easier to register authorship and ownership, and to track the provenance and authenticity of creative works and collectibles. How and where are those capabilities being utilized? What is their impact on asset values and prices?


Mario Pena, Product Manager, Safe Creative

Mario Pena
12:45 pm-2:00 pm


Panel: Publishing On The Blockchain

Blockchain is a hot topic in the worlds of music, fine arts, and collectibles, but the publishing business has just begun to explore its possibilities. What could blockchain do for book and journal publishers? How could it impact authors?


Sebastian Posth, Posth Werk, BV

Kirsten Sandberg, Editor-in-Chief, Blockchain Research Institute

Kirsten Sandberg
Sebastian Posth

Automated Licensing and Online Marketplaces

Global distribution platforms, user-generated content and new copyright rules are fueling a need for faster, more scalable systems for securing and clearing rights. How are rights holders responding? How much of the licensing process can be automated? What type of rights deals are most suitable to automation? What technological infrastructure is needed? Will blockchain be part of the answer?

3:45 pm - 4:00 pm

Networking Break

Panel: Managing Open Access

From scholarly and scientific research to museum collectives and archives the open-access movement is transforming how many types of information is published and made available. But “open access” can mean different things in different contexts. How are publishers, institutions and organizations meeting the technical and legal challenges to managing the different flavors of open access?

What to Make Of Machine-Made Art

From painting to music and journalism works created all or in part by algorithm are increasingly entering the stream of commerce. But who (or what) is their author? Who is entitled to offer them for sale or license? Examining the increasingly urgent legal questions around machine-made art.

5:30 pm -6:30 pm

Closing Reception