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



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.

11:15 am – 11:45 am


Rights I/O: Mapping Rights-In to Rights-Out

As digital platforms and devices create ever-more use cases and licensing opportunities for copyrighted content, rights owners rights owners face an ever-more complex task of matching rights-out to rights-in. How are media companies meeting the challenge of enterprise-scale rights management in an increasingly complex licensing landscape?

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.

Mario Pena, Product Manager, Safe Creative Ltd.

Mario Pena

Hands-Free Licensing: Rights Hubs and Online Exchanges

For consumers today, access to media content is often just a tap or click away. But securing the rights to distribute or use that content can be time-consuming, complicated and costly. This panel will examine efforts to bring the one-click shopping experience to the buying, clearing, and licensing of usage rights by establishing searchable rights hubs and online marketplaces.

Provenance, Priority and Authentication

From photographs and paintings to sculpture and collectibles, the value of many types of creative works lies in their authenticity and provenance. But the lack of reliable records of ownership and authorship makes buying and selling them digitally risky and difficult. This panel will examine how entrepreneurs are leveraging blockchain and other technologies to create verified records of a work’s history and their impact on the digital market for one-of-a-kind works.

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.

Keith Kupferschmid, CEO, Copyright Alliance

Keith Kupferschmid

Mixes, Mashups and UGC

Many uses 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.

Rasty Turek, CEO, Pex

Rasty Turek

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.

Eugene Mopsik, CEO, American Society for Collective Rights Licensing (ASCRL)

Eugene Mopsik

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.

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.

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm


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.

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?

Ahmed Elgammal, CEO, Artrendex

Ahmed Elgammal