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Mark Isherwood

Rightscom Limited
London, UK
Mark spent 18 years working for the MCPS-PRS Alliance, the UK music rights collecting society and one of the biggest in the world, in senior management positions.

He was responsible for the development of strategies and policies for substantial rights negotiations with a range of licensee industries, including all the major UK television and radio broadcasters and the video industry. From the mid-1990s, as Director of New Technology, he was responsible for the gathering of knowledge concerning rights-related new technology developments worldwide. This high profile role led to participation in the UK Cabinet Office Performance and Innovation Unit Study (e-commerce@itsbest) which set out the UK Government’s e-commerce agenda.

Mark was one of the founders of Rightscom, a UK based consulting firm focused on intellectual property rights management issues, encompassing commercial rights negotiations and the design and deployment of business, technology and process solutions for the management, protection and trading of intellectual property rights and content in the network environment. He has worked with major music rights owners in the analysis of their system requirements for the management of digital music and participated in a project examining the intellectual property rights (IPR) consequences of using Creative Commons. Mark also led a European Commissions project which investigated the economic and social impact of the public domain in the information society. Rightscom acts as the secretariat to DDEX (www.ddex.net) developing digital supply chain standards for the exchange of information relating to the management of digital content and rights. In February 2010 Mark was appointed as the facilitator of the GRD Working Group focused on the development of a global repertoire database for musical works. Subsequently he was appointed as the non-voting Chair of the WG and extensively involved in the current requirements gathering phase of the project. Mark speaks regularly on issues relating to copyright licensing, standards development and automation in the digital content supply chain.