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DescriptionMechanical Licensing & Royalty Solutions


RightsFlow - New York
29 West 17th Street, 10th Floor
New York, NY, 10011


Founder & CEO
Founder & COO
VP of Artist and Community Relations
VP of Business Development
VP of Operations
SVP of Operations & Technology
VP of Sales & Marketing
Advisory Board
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Series A, 8/2009
Originate Ventures

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RightsFlow is a leading technology-enabled provider of mechanical licensing and royalty accounting, reporting, and payment services for online music companies, record companies, distributors, artists, and songwriters. The RightsFlow technology powers rapid song identification and provides an unprecedented level of transparency for both licensees and licensors.

RightsFlow specializes in obtaining bulk physical, DPD, and ringtone licenses including streaming, tethered, and limited download rights. Our proprietary licensing technology and 30+ million song database allow us to license content, render accounting, and pay royalties on behalf of clients quickly and accurately, ensuring that rights-holders are paid for the use of their work.

RightsFlow was acquired by Google in 2011 and is now part of the team at YouTube helping to simplify music licensing, content identification, accounting and payments for songwriters and publishers worldwide.

Recent Milestones

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    RightsFlow was acquired by Google. (12/9/11)
    Posted 12/9/11 at 7:33pm via
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    RightsFlow added Fred Beteille as SVP of Operations & Technology. (10/1/11)
    Posted 10/10/11 at 8:16am
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    RightsFlow — Announced new hire of Chris Lydle as VP of Business Development. (6/28/11)
    Posted 6/28/11 at 9:55am via
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    RightsFlow added Chris Lydle as VP of Sales & Marketing. (5/1/11)
    Posted 10/10/11 at 8:21am
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    RightsFlow — RightsFlow announces an agreement with YouTube to assist with music rights management. The deal allows YouTube to enlist RightsFlow’s help in processing and managing music rights. (2/10/11)
    Posted 2/15/11 at 9:31am via
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    RightsFlow — CFO/Chief Strategy Officer Ben Cockerham selected one of Billboard's Power Players: 30 Under 30 (8/21/10)
    Posted 9/6/10 at 7:21pm via
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    RightsFlow — Announce partnership with Rhapsody to provide bulk mechanical licensing and administration and reporting support for the online music subscription service. (7/6/10)
    Posted 7/28/10 at 6:02am via
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    RightsFlow — Announced hire of Michael Kauffman as SVP of Sales and Marketing (1/4/10)
    Posted 7/28/10 at 5:58am via
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    RightsFlow added Jason Walker as VP of Operations. (10/1/09)
    Posted 10/10/11 at 8:16am
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    RightsFlow received $1.5M in Series A funding. (8/26/09)
    Posted 8/26/09 at 11:53am via
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    RightsFlow added Alex Holz as VP of Artist and Community Relations. (11/1/07)
    Posted 3/15/09 at 4:37pm
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    RightsFlow added Matt Irvin as VP of Business Development.
    Posted 3/15/09 at 4:37pm
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    RightsFlow added Patrick F. Sullivan as Founder & CEO.
    Posted 3/15/09 at 4:37pm
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    RightsFlow added Scott Sellwood as General Counsel/SVP of Business Affairs.
    Posted 9/6/10 at 7:34pm
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    RightsFlow added Doug Barry as Advisory Board.
    Posted 2/14/11 at 11:00pm
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    RightsFlow added Duncan Hutchison as Chief Content Officer.
    Posted 3/15/09 at 4:37pm



Singer-songwriter Samantha Murphy shares her use of RightsFlow’s Limelight service, the simplest way to clear any cover song.

Added: 9/30/10



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