Entertainment Arts & Sports Law Section

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    RightsTech Summit Tuesday, July 26, 2016 | Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street, New York, NY 10017
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    • July 26, 2016: RightsTech Summit

      RightTech Summit Slider


      Tuesday, July 26, 2016 

      Japan Society
       located at 333 East 47th Street, New York, NY 10017, at 47th Street and First Avenue. 

      RightsTech Summit (RTS) is a 1-day executive leadership conference that brings together cross-industry leaders focused on furthering technology innovation around rights management and licensing across multiple media verticals.   RightsTech Summit is a joint venture between Digital Media Wire, Inc. and Concurrent Media Strategies, LLC.  It's goal is to provide a first class conference for discussion, analysis and debate on emerging technologies and technology-enables strategies for the management, authentication and monetization of creative rights across diverse media industries.  

      This year EASL is proud to partner with RTS to be able to provide up to 5.0 MCLE credits to attendees, PLUS a discount to EASL Members.   

      Cost to Attend:  
      Half Day (3 afternoon hours of CLE): EASL Members:  $399 | Non-Members: $499  
      Full Day (5 hours of CLE plus keynotes and non-legal sessions, breakfast, lunch and reception): EASL Members: $799 | Non-Members: $899-$1099 (depending on registration date)  

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      Speakers: Paul Sweeting, Editor-in-Chief, RightsTech / CEO, Concurrent Media Strategies and Ned Sherman, Publisher, RightsTech/ CEO, Digital Media Wire,   


      At its core RightsTech is about registries and ledgers. Formal registration with the Copyright Office is no longer required for works to be protected by copyright in the U.S. But as markets for digital works grow more complex and diverse the need for comprehensive, trusted registries of works and rights holders grows more urgent. How can public ledger technologies like blockchain fill that need and help markets flourish?   

      Speakers: Greg McMullen, Chief Policy Officer, Ascribe, Robert NortonCEO, Verisart, Jim GriffinManaging Director, OneHouse, Kevin McCoy, CEO, Monegraph 
      Moderator: Larry Miller, 
      Clinical Associate Professor & Director, Music Business Program, NYU Steinhardt  

      10:00 AM – 10:50 AM: MACHINE-READABLE RIGHTS (MCLE Provided)   

      One goal of RightsTech is to replace human intermediaries with machines in transactions involving content rights. To do that, rights information and content metadata has to be reduced to machine-readable forms. How are different industries grappling with the challenge of collecting and standardizing rights information and metadata into machine-readable formats? 

      Speakers: David Hughes, CTO, Recording Industry Association of AmericaJesse Walden, Co-founder, Mediachain LabsBill Wilson, VP Digital Strategy, Music Business Association ,Michael Huppe, CEO, SoundExchange 
      Moderator: Cortney Harding, Founder & President, Cortney Harding Consulting

      10:50 AM - 11:15 AM: KEYNOTE CONVERSATION with BENJI ROGERS, Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, PledgeMusic 


      Blockchain, Ethereum, IPFS: What are the core technologies and development environments for RightsTech? How are they faring? What is still missing?  

      Speaker: Paul Sweeting, Principal, Concurrent Media Strategies 


      Bitcoin, Ether, crypto-USD. What is the role of crypto-currencies in RightsTech marketplaces? Is the Bitcoin blockchain the only game in town or will media-specific and currencies also play a role? Will fiat-pegged cryto-currencies be part of the mix?  

      Speaker: Cedric Cobban, President, PeerTracks inc. 

      1:05 PM - 2:20 PM: LUNCHEON  

      2:10 PM - 2: 35 PM KEYNOTE CONVERSATION 

      Speakers: Jon Potter, Principal, RPG Strategies and Tim DuboisAward-Winning Songwriter, former VP, ASCAP and President, Arista Records 
      2:35 PM – 3:25 PM: RIGHTSTECH IN THE ENTERPRISE (MCLE Provided) 

      Media companies and major rights owners today face ever-more diverse and dynamic markets and distribution channels for their content. How are media enterprises coping with the ever-more complex tasks of managing, licensing and protecting rights, collecting and dispensing royalties, and managing contracts?   

      Speakers: Kris Kliemann, Formerly, Wiley & Sons, Alisa Coleman, COO, ABKCO Music & Records, Inc., Sam Gilchrist , CEO, PluraVida, Bill Colitre, VP & General Counsel, MusicReports, Bruno Guez, CEO, Revleator 
      Moderator: Vickie NaumanFounder and Owner, CrossBorderWorks Consulting & Advising,  

      3:55 PM – 4:45 PM: RIGHTSTECH MARKETPLACES (MCLE Provided) 

      As use cases for content continually evolve, and the need for licenses and permissions grows exponentially, automated rights markets can speed up the licensing process and reduce transaction costs. Where are automated licensing systems finding the most traction?  

      Speaker: Stephen White, CEO, Dubset Media 


      Self-executing smart contracts hold the promise of enabling transactions and ensuring payments without the need of formal agreements among the parties. What role will smart contracts play in content licensing? How do you translate legal concepts into code? How much legal force do smart contracts carry? 

      Speaker: Lance Koonce, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP 

      For questions contact Beth Gould at bgould@nysba.org  

  • The EASL Blog

    Entertainment, Arts  and Sports Law  Section Blog

    The Blog Provides a Forum and News Source on Issues of Interest The blog acts as a new informational resource on topics of interest, including the latest Section programs and Initiatives, as well as provides a forum for debate and discussion to anyone in the world with access to the Internet. It is available through the New York State Bar Association Web site at http://nysbar.com/blogs/EASL

    To submit a Blog entry, email Elissa D. Hecker at eheckeresq@eheckeresq.com

  • EASL Journal


    Diverse opinions contribute to the vitality of the law, and for every topic there are many issues to be addressed. TheEntertainment, Arts and Sports Law Journal is a forum for ideas and a repository for legal analyses and theories. The EASL Journal presents topics that EASL attorneys address on a daily basis, and provides comprehensive overviews of both large issues that affect a majority of the EASL Section membership and analyses of more specific issues that affect only a few. In addition to contributions from practicing attorneys, the EASL Journal accepts articles from laypersons involved with issues that affect many in the EASL fields. The EASL Journal is published three times a year by the Entertainment, Art and Sports Law Section and distributed to Section members free of charge.

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