HAAWK, the rights management, copyright enforcement, and content monetization firm, has acquired two music startups, TuneRegistry and RoyaltyClaim. HAAWK will now be able to expand its service offerings to existing clients while branching out and supporting a new market segment — the independent artist and do-it-yourself (DIY) community — with self-service products that will give independent copyright owners the power to protect and monetize their works and to locate and unlock unclaimed music royalties
Additionally, HAAWK has appointed TuneRegistry and RoyaltyClaim founder Dae Bogan to the position of Chief Executive Officer of HAAWK, Inc., and HAAWK co-founder Ryan Born to the role of Chairman, President, and Chief Financial Officer.
“HAAWK’s mission is to create and retrieve newfound revenue for rights holders. Dae Bogan and the teams behind TuneRegistry and RoyaltyClaim are the perfect fit for our company,” said Born. “These are exceptional individuals that have created differentiated products that align perfectly with HAAWK’s mission.”
TuneRegistry, which launched at SXSW 2017, is a music rights and metadata management platform that empowers independent artists and DIY musicians to “be their own music publisher” by enabling them to self-publish and retain 100% of their music royalties. TuneRegistry partners include ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, SoundExchange, Harry Fox Agency, Music Reports Inc., Loudr, Crunch Digital, TiVo, Gracenote, and MediaNet.
RoyaltyClaim, which launched in September 2017, is a search engine for unclaimed and so-called “black box” music royalties. RoyaltyClaim procures data regarding unattributed and unmatched music entitlements from music rights organizations around the world and makes that information searchable and actionable. RoyaltyClaim has processed thousands of claims for Section 115 Notices of Intent (NOIs) filed by Google, Spotify, Groove Music, Amazon Music, iHeart Radio and Pandora, neighboring rights royalties
“I am thrilled to join the HAAWK team along with my TuneRegistry co-founders Jesse Morris [CLO], Kara McGehee [CPO] and Shane Zilinskas [CTO],” added Bogan. “I founded TuneRegistry and RoyaltyClaim with a mission to empower independent artists and DIY musicians to take control of and monetize their copyrights.