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HAAWK Acquires RoyaltyClaim and TuneRegistry

by Ryan on December 14, 2017

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I’m pleased to announce that HAAWK, Inc. has acquired startups TuneRegistry and RoyaltyClaim.

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 HAAWK. The teams behind these startups are exceptional individuals that have created differentiated products that align perfectly with HAAWK’s mission. Simultaneous with the closing of the transaction, TuneRegistry and RoyaltyClaim founder Dae Bogan has been appointed to the position of CEO at HAAWK, Inc. while TuneRegistry co-founders Jesse Morris, Kara McGehee, and Shane Zilinskas will serve as HAAWK’s CLO, CPO, and CTO while I take on the role of Chairman, President, and CFO of the combined companies.

TuneRegistry, which launched at SXSW 2017, is a music rights and metadata management platform that empowers hundreds of 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 has developed an integrated network of data exchange partners within the music publishing and metadata management sectors that make it simple to streamline catalog administration tasks from one central platform. TuneRegistry partners include ASCAPBMISESACSoundExchangeHarry Fox AgencyMusic Reports Inc.LoudrCrunch DigitalTiVoGracenoteMediaNet and many others.

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. Copyright owners who find records referencing their copyrights are provided step-by-step instructions on how to go about claiming entitlements that may be due to them, including accrued unclaimed royalties. 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 around the world, and digital radio royalties in the United States.

HAAWK will continue to grow, expand, and improve upon these products as part of our growing portfolio of products and services helping rights holders maximize their earnings in the new media landscape.

Coverage of the acquisitions appeared in BillboardMusic Business WorldwideDigital Music, News, and The Video Ink.


Introducing HAAWK

by Ryan on September 22, 2017









Introducing HAAWK.

HAAWK monitors, monetizes, and enforces copyrights on user-generated video and audio platforms (YouTube Content ID, Facebook, Spotify, Apple Music, SoundCloud, and more). We’re building fresh technology to help bring accountability, transparency, and newfound revenue to today’s music and video rights holders. HAAWK was co-founded by myself and Ben Barger, an aeronautical engineer and operations specialist who headed up operations at our previous company, AdRev/AudioMicro, Inc..

HAAWK just closed it’s first round of funding, a $2.5M series seed round led by some of Southern California’s top VC firms and HAAWK recently acquired the assets of Dart Music, a music distribution and metadata company to help jumpstart our product offering and expand our distribution reach.

Details of HAAWK’s funding and the Dart acquisition were covered in TechCrunch, Music Business Worldwide, Digital Music News, and SocalTECH.

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