Patrick Sullivan Strategic Partner Development Manager
Patrick Sullivan is a leading expert in the field of intellectual property and copyright management for both physical and digital media, and is the co-founder, President, and CEO of RightsFlow. He has been at the forefront of many pivotal industry issues that have helped define and shape the current market for music in a digital era. Patrick’s extensive experience in industry negotiations, licensing and royalty payments, digital content management and distribution as well as legislative and legal affairs, makes him a frequent lecturer at corporations, universities, and conferences around the world about intellectual property and copyright. He has been a past presenter at the 2009 World Copyright Summit, NARM, AIMP, Leadership Music Digital Summit, Popkomm, and Digital Music Forum East and West.
Patrick’s firm belief that creators should be paid for the use of their work and his understanding of the complexities surrounding U.S. copyright compliance led him to co-found RightsFlow in 2007. Together with his cofounder, he helped pioneer a service that offers a single, cost-effective channel through which rights-holders and companies that sell or distribute music can connect, ensuring proper licensing, accurate accounting and timely payment of royalties. Today, RightsFlow is one of the leading companies helping businesses, artists, distributors and labels solve the complex issues of copyright compliance and royalty payment as new methods of consuming music emerge. The company’s proprietary licensing, accounting and royalty payment technology makes it easy for businesses selling or distributing music in a digitally enabled market to be compliant with U.S. copyright laws. RightsFlow also ensures that artists, songwriters and publishers are paid for the use of their music and provides them with an unprecedented level of data transparency. RightsFlow provides service to over 16,000 clients including such marquee companies as YouTube, Rhapsody, Clear Channel, Muzak, The Orchard, Tunecore, INgrooves, 7 Digital, Wolfgang’s Vault, E1 Canada, CD Baby, Disc Makers, and many others.
Before founding RightsFlow, Patrick served as a dual Vice-President of Licensing, Royalties and Music Services for both The Orchard Enterprises, Inc (NasdaqGM: ORCD) & eMusic. Prior to The Orchard, he was a Strategic Licensing Consultant for Selverne, Mandelbaum, & Mintz, a New York-based Entertainment Law Firm. From 1999-2004 he served as the Director of Research and Development at the National Music Publisher’s Association/Harry Fox Agency (HFA), where he managed industry negotiations, internal corporate policy matters, new media, and public relations for the member organization. Patrick is a member of the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM)
Negotiations, Legislative Affairs, Mergers and Acquisitions, Licensing and Royalty Development, Business and Technology Integration Catalyst, Digital Content Management & Distribution, Program Management, Technology Strategy, Business Development, Business Intelligence, Business Strategy, Quality Assurance.
Speaking engagement highlights:
- Digital Music Forum West
- CMJ Music Marathon and Film Festival
- Digital Hollywood
- Canadian Music Week
- SanFran Music Tech
- DCIA P2P
- New Music West
- Canadian Music Week
- NYU Music & Media Summit
- Rethink Music
- Crain’s NY “Best Places To Work” 2011