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September 9-10, 2019 in Frankfurt, Germany

The RightsTech Project is pleased to announce the inaugural RightsTech: Europe conference, which will be held on September 9-10, 2019, in Frankfurt, Germany, expanding the stage for its ground-breaking industry conferences beyond the U.S. for the first time. The two-day conference will be co-produced by the RightsTech Project and Frankfurter Buchmesse, organizers of the world’s largest book fair and publishing rights marketplace. 

Modeled on the annual RightsTech Summit in New York, RightsTech: Europe will bring together its unique mix of creators, rightsholders, technology developers, investors and policymakers, from across all sectors of the creative and media industries. A wide range of topics will be on the agenda, from common challenges and emerging technology-enabled solutions, to the management and monetization of copyrights in an era of global digital platforms. Located in the city where the European Central Bank has its headquarters, the conference will also highlight recent rights-related developments within the EU and their global implications.

Topics will include: 
• Machine-to-machine rights management 
• Automated licensing platforms 
• Metadata, unique identifies and registries 
• Multi-territorial licensing 
• Copyright in the Digital Single Market 
• Blockchain 
• Investing in rights and royalties 
• Art and artificial intelligence 
• Truth and transparency in royalty reporting and payments 
• The economics of digital scarcity 
• Tracing authorship, authentication and provenance 
• Open access 
• Machine learning 
• … and more 

“From the start we’ve wanted to spark a global conversation around the rapidly evolving rights-tech ecosystem, and the need to bring the proper licensing and management of rights up to the same machine-enabled scale and speed as the rest of the media value chain,” said Paul Sweeting, CEO of Concurrent Media Strategies and co-founder of the RightsTech Project. “We’re thrilled to be partnering with Frankfurt Book Fair, which has been at the center of the global book trade and publishing rights business for more than five centuries.” 

Juergen Boos, Director of the Frankfurter Buchmesse, said: “Rights and licensing is at the heart of what we do at the book fair, and so partnering on this project seems like a perfect fit for us. We are at a pivotal time in the global conversation about how we can use technology and innovation to make rights deals in the publishing industry quicker and more efficient, and our colleagues at IPR License are already showing the way forward with the automation tools they have developed. So we are delighted that this debate will be happening on our doorstep in Frankfurt.” 

“Europe is at the center of innovation in rights management and an important catalyst for technology solutions for rights holders. The partnership with Frankfurt Book Fair brings the discussion of the evolving rights-tech ecosystem to the European stage,” said Ned Sherman, Chairman of Digital Media Wire and co-founder of the RightsTech Project. “We are excited to have a first class partner in the Frankfurt Book Fair to bring global leaders to Europe to discuss the challenges and opportunities ahead.”

About RightsTech

The RightsTech Project is a business and professional community supporting creators, media rights owners, technology developers, investors, legal professionals, and entrepreneurs focused on technology innovation in media rights management and licensing, royalty collection and payments, and authentication and registration of copyrighted works. Our conferences and networking events bring together professionals from across all sectors of the creative and media industries, including music, film and video, photography, visual arts, publishing, video games and more, to connect, share ideas, and learn from each other’s experiences. The RightsTech Project ( is a joint venture between Concurrent Media Strategies, LLC and Digital Media Wire Inc.

About Frankfurter Buchmesse

Frankfurter Buchmesse is the international publishing industry’s biggest trade fair – with over 7,500 exhibitors from 109 countries, around 285,000 visitors, over 4,000 events and some 10,000 accredited journalists and bloggers in attendance. It is the most important international marketplace for content – from novels and children’s books to academic databases and stories for films, games and virtual reality experiences. Publishing professionals from around the world meet here with partners from the technology sector and from related creative and cultural industries, sparking new partnerships and business models. A strong conference programme ensures that Frankfurter Buchmesse is a major source of inspiration for content experts from around the world. Since 1976, the book fair has featured an annual Guest of Honour country, which showcases its book market, literature and culture to attendees in a variety of ways. Frankfurter Buchmesse organises the participation of German publishers at around 20 international book fairs and hosts trade events throughout the year in major international markets. Frankfurter Buchmesse is a subsidiary of the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels (German Publishers & Booksellers Association).

Contact for RightsTech: Europe

Paul Sweeting
Concurrent Media Strategies
+1 (202) 506-4452

Contact for the media:

 Press & Corporate Communications, Frankfurter Buchmesse
Katja Böhne, Vice President Marketing & Communications, Phone: +49 (0) 69 2102-138,
Kathrin Grün, Director Communications, Phone: +49 (0) 69 2102-170,
Ines Bachor, PR Manager, Phone: +49 (0) 69 2102-189,

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