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Whether you're creating videos, music, documents, imagery, or another creation, creating content is a labor of love. Things can get ugly and expensive when it’s time to discuss ownership and rights with your collaborators - especially if you want to sell or license your content.

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  • 10/18/201910/18/2019

Cosynd Announces Partnership With Distribution Platform YANGAROO

Cosynd is pleased to announce a partnership with YANGAROO Music, the provider of DMDS, a digital asset distribution platform serving broadcasters and tastemakers. The partnership will bring Cosynd’s powerful set of easy-to-use, copyright-related tools to creatives on YANGAROO.

As part of the collaboration, Cosynd will provide the YANGAROO creator community with discounted access to an affordable suite of copyright-related agreements, such as split sheets, work for hire agreements, and...

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  • Hypebot, Feature story, 10/24/2019, CASE Act: The Bill Every Musician Needs To Know About Text
  • Media & Entertainment Services Alliance, Feature story, 10/18/2019, Cosynd Partners With Distribution Platform YANGAROO (MESA) Text
  • Platform and Stream, Feature story, 10/18/2019, Cosynd Announces Partnership With Distribution Platform YANGAROO Text
  • Record of the Day, Feature story, 10/03/2018, Own It: Cosynd Gives Every Creator the Affordable Legal Tools They Need to Manage Content Ownership in the Age of Collaboration Text
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10/18/2019, Cosynd Announces Partnership With Distribution Platform YANGAROO
10/18/201910/18/2019, Cosynd Announces Partnership With Distribution Platform YANGAROO
Announcement
10/18/2019
Announcement
10/18/2019
Cosynd is pleased to announce a partnership with YANGAROO Music, the provider of DMDS, a digital asset distribution platform serving broadcasters and tastemakers. The partnership will bring Cosynd’s powerful set of easy-to-use, copyright-related tools to creatives on YANGAROO. MORE» More»

Cosynd is pleased to announce a partnership with YANGAROO Music, the provider of DMDS, a digital asset distribution platform serving broadcasters and tastemakers. The partnership will bring Cosynd’s powerful set of easy-to-use, copyright-related tools to creatives on YANGAROO.

As part of the collaboration, Cosynd will provide the YANGAROO creator community with discounted access to an affordable suite of copyright-related agreements, such as split sheets, work for hire agreements, and producer agreements, that can be negotiated, redlined, and signed, all within Cosynd's collaborative deal room. Cosynd will also offer YANGAROO users an easy and seamless way to register copyrights with the U.S. Copyright Office. In minutes and for a fraction of what it typically costs to register with other services, creators will be able to answer a simple, guided questionnaire that provides Cosynd with all of the information needed to process and file registration applications on behalf of YANGAROO's users.

Without the basic copyright ownership agreements in place, collaborators that created a copyright can have an equal claim of ownership and rights, regardless of the size of their contribution. Misunderstandings between collaborators can lead to a slew of legal issues including improper exploitation of copyrights and unpaid royalties. To date, an estimated $2.5 billion dollars’ worth of “black box” royalties have gone unclaimed, because of a lack of available ownership data. Creators seeking to resolve matters of ownership and infringement originating in the U.S. are ineligible to file lawsuits unless they have registered with the U.S. Copyright Office, a requirement that was recently mandated by the U.S. Supreme Court. 

“We are thrilled to partner with YANGAROO, Canada's dominant digital distributor, by offering their creator community a more user-friendly process to registering their work with the U.S. Copyright office,” says Cosynd founder and CEO Jessica Sobhraj. “Combined with the simple copyright ownership agreements that we offer, our partnership will provide YANGAROO's creators with a fast and affordable way to protect all of their assets - from music to video and everything in between"

“We’re constantly working to provide our independent and unsigned artists the information and tools required to make it in music,” says Adam Hunt, SVP Entertainment, YANGAROO Inc. “Cosynd has solved the need for a quick and affordable way to legally protect artists’ assets, and we’re very pleased to be able to provide such a critically important solution to this fast-growing segment of creators.”

 

About Cosynd

Cosynd is the fastest and most affordable way for creators to protect themselves and their copyrights. Cosynd’s platform allows creators of music, video, visual art and literature to collectively verify their ownership of their copyrights and establishes other critical legal details. Cosynd also provides a quick and easy way for these collaborators to register their content with the U.S. Copyright Office. www.cosynd.com

 

About YANGAROO Music

The YANGAROO Music platform delivers the highest quality audio and music video files to radio programmers, TV broadcasters, journalists, and other industry influencers anywhere in the world. YANGAROO sends over 1000 new video and audio releases to tastemakers every month. www.yangaroo.com

Announcement
10/18/2019

07/01/2019, Cosynd Grows with Key Hire and New Pro Suite for Labels, Managers, Publishers, and Law Firms, Following Acceptance into Morgan Stanley Accelerator
07/01/201907/01/2019, Cosynd Grows with Key Hire and New Pro Suite for Labels, Managers, Publishers, and Law Firms, Following Acceptance into Morgan Stanley Accelerator
Announcement
07/01/2019
Announcement
07/01/2019
Cosynd, a New York-based legal service automating copyright contracts and registrations, today announced the launch of Cosynd Pro, a new suite for labels, managers, and publishers. Cosynd is also expanding its team, as seasoned music tech executive Liz Cimarelli joins the company as COO/Head of Business Development. MORE» More»

Cosynd, a New York-based legal service automating copyright contracts and registrations, today announced the launch of Cosynd Pro, a new suite for labels, managers, and publishers. Cosynd is also expanding its team, as seasoned music tech executive Liz Cimarelli joins the company as COO/Head of Business Development.

Cosynd was recently accepted into Morgan Stanley’s Multicultural Innovation Lab, an intensive accelerator designed to help build and scale startups founded by women and multicultural entrepreneurs. Through this program, Cosynd has received an investment and strategic support from Morgan Stanley that enabled the launch of Cosynd Pro.   

The Investment from Morgan Stanley kicks off the beginning of a larger capital raise that Cosynd will complete this year. In addition to capital, Cosynd will be able to leverage Morgan Stanley’s expansive global networks, resources and expertise as it continues to expand rapidly.

Liz Cimarelli has more than 15 years' experience leading strategic efforts for major corporations that span the entertainment, music, and media industries, including Nielsen Entertainment, Semetric/Musicmetric, MusicMind Tracks, MediaEdge, and McCann / MRM Worldwide. Prior to Cosynd, Liz led business development efforts for Nielsen Entertainment's music measurement and custom solutions for more than 100 independent label, management, and distributor clients on the East Coast. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Women in Music, the music industry's largest and longest running non-profit for women in the arts that provides resources to thousands of women, worldwide.

"I am thrilled to be joining the Cosynd team to help further their mission to support and protect the creative community,” says Cimarelli. “By offering a user-friendly and affordable legal solution for what was an otherwise complicated and expensive endeavor, we are leveling the playing field for all content creators - and that, I can get behind."

"We are so excited to officially welcome Liz to our team! Liz has an unparalleled ability to create client-driven strategies that sync with larger operational and business development goals in a way that will be game-changing for us,” notes Cosynd CEO and founder Jessica Sobhraj. “She is a natural fit here and is the perfect person to oversee our strategic expansion during a period of rapid growth. Not only has she proven herself to be one of the most sought-after business development experts in the music industry, but she also deeply cares about helping the creative community on a personal level, too, a trait essential to the way that we run our company." 

Cimarelli’s deep knowledge of the label and publishing world will be crucial in supporting Cosynd’s new business suite, a set of integrated, intuitive tools for labels, publishers, and management companies. Cosynd Pro allows users to create split sheets, premium split sheets, work-for-hire agreements, and producer agreements between any set of parties (such as business to business, business to creator, or creator to multiple creators). “These agreements validate ownership and prevent false claims on copyrights, plus they allow creators and companies to control who can license their copyrights, use their name, image, brand, and more,” explains Sobhraj.

Creating an agreement using Cosynd Pro is easy, collaborative, and centralized. For each agreement, parties can negotiate by choosing from preset options, just as they can using Coysnd's regular artist-targeted service. A business user can then look at the most popular changes requested in an agreement without having to manage multiple versions of documents or dozens of emails. Attorneys who represent anyone involved in an agreement can be invited to review or redline the document. Finally, Cosynd allows companies to register resulting works with the Copyright Office via a simple, guided experience faster and more affordably than anywhere else. For large organizations needing further customization, Cosynd can automate any other important legal agreement that plays a frequent role in their business.

These tools are designed to automate and streamline these processes at a fraction of the cost. “As we’ve done for artists, we’re building a product focused on allowing businesses to meet the demands of their clients, generate more revenue, and scale faster. All while protecting their key copyrights and streamlining relationships with talent and other professionals,” says Sobhraj.

 

 

 

 

 

Announcement
07/01/2019

10/22/2018, CD Baby Becomes First Digital Distributor to Give Creators Affordable Tools to Create Simple Copyright Ownership Agreements and to Register With the U.S. Copyright Office via Partnership with Cosynd
10/22/201810/22/2018, CD Baby Becomes First Digital Distributor to Give Creators Affordable Tools to Create Simple Copyright Ownership Agreements and to Register With the U.S. Copyright Office via Partnership with Cosynd
Announcement
10/22/2018
Announcement
10/22/2018
CD Baby, the largest digital distributor of independent music and administrator of publishing rights in the world, has partnered with Cosynd, the first affordable legal services platform made specifically for creators, to allow CD Baby’s members to document ownership of their content easier than ever before. MORE» More»

CD Baby, the largest digital distributor of independent music and administrator of publishing rights in the world, has partnered with Cosynd, the first affordable legal services platform made specifically for creators, to allow CD Baby’s members to document ownership of their content easier than ever before. Starting this November, the partnership will provide CD Baby’s members with a fast, affordable, and legal way to create basic copyright ownership agreements and to register their content with the U.S. Copyright Office, making CD Baby the only digital distributor to offer these valuable services to creators. 

Cosynd offers both free and paid tiers of service. Under the partnership, CD Baby’s members will receive 1 month of free access to Cosynd’s Essential and Premium tiers, which will enable these members to create unlimited copyright split sheets (straightforward documentation of copyright ownership by percentage), full copyright ownership agreements (more detailed agreements covering vitals such as who can license the content), and work for hire agreements. Members will also be able to register their copyrights with the U.S. Copyright Office in a fraction of the time it would typically take a novice creator otherwise.

Without an ownership agreement in place, collaborators that created a copyright have an equal claim of ownership and rights by default, regardless of the size of their contribution under U.S. copyright law. Misunderstandings between collaborators can lead to a slew of legal issues including improper exploitation of copyrights and unpaid royalties.  To date, an estimated $2.5 billion worth of “black box” royalties have gone unclaimed, because of a lack of available ownership data. Creators seeking to resolve matters of ownership and infringement are ineligible to file lawsuits unless they have registered with the U.S. Copyright Office. 

Cosynd is the first platform to make documenting and managing this crucial ownership data and filing copyright registrations a breeze for creators of all types of content - music, videos, imagery, and literature.  Whether creating a fast split sheet or a more extensive copyright ownership agreement, Cosynd walks each creator through building their custom agreement by asking a series of questions in plain English. Collaborators can assign default roles and splits to each other and multiple titles can be added to a single agreement at any time, eliminating redundant work. Aside from the variety of agreements available, Cosynd requires real e-signatures, which sets them apart from other platforms and is key for collaborators that face questions regarding ownership from content platforms, like YouTube. Once an agreement has been signed, collaborators cannot go back and change the ownership splits, as they can on other split sheet apps. Creators may also invite their attorneys to review/edit the agreements if they wish to at no additional charge.

“Making it easy for artists to manage the rights around their music catalog is a key part of being a total monetization solution. Our partnership with Cosynd provides these tools in a very accessible way,” says Tracy Maddux, CEO of CD Baby.

“There is more content being created and more opportunities to monetize that content than ever before. If you’re a creator, documenting ownership of your copyrights is a crucial step from the beginning - otherwise you won’t get paid! Disputes arise, liability increases, lawsuits ensue, and we all suffer the losses. CD Baby is one of the most trusted names in the music business and the go-to resource for educational information concerning music promotion, distribution, and rights management. We’re thrilled to be partnering with them to help creators protect themselves and their rights from the very start,” says Jessica Sobhraj, CEO of Cosynd.

About CD Baby:
CD Baby is home to more than 650,000 artists and 9 million tracks that are made available to over 100 digital services and platforms around the globe. The company celebrate its 20th anniversary in March when it announced of $80.1 million in payouts to independent artists in 2017 and over $600 million worldwide since its 1998 launch.

About Cosynd:
Cosynd is the affordable, easy, and legal way for creators to protect their content. The platform allows creators of music, video, visual art and literature to collectively verify their ownership of their copyrights and establishes other critical legal details. Cosynd also provides a quick and easy way for these collaborators to register their content with the U.S. Copyright Office. Cosynd is advised by seasoned executives across media, intellectual property, and the startup realm including CD Baby, Source3, Fox Rothschild LLP, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Lowey LLP, The Recording Academy, Songwriters Hall of Fame, NYC3, BuzzFeed, Lattice VC, WAM Ventures, Creatis Capital, Pipeline Angels.

Announcement
10/22/2018

10/03/2018, Own It: Cosynd Gives Every Creator the Affordable Legal Tools They Need to Manage Content Ownership in the Age of Collaboration
10/03/201810/03/2018, Own It: Cosynd Gives Every Creator the Affordable Legal Tools They Need to Manage Content Ownership in the Age of Collaboration
Announcement
10/03/2018
Announcement
10/03/2018
Cosynd, the affordable, easy, and legal way for creators to protect their content, officially launches following a closed beta period. The platform allows creators of music, video, visual art and literature to collectively verify their ownership of their copyrights and establishes other critical legal details MORE» More»

 

Cosynd, the affordable, easy, and legal way for creators to protect their content, officially launches following a closed beta period. The platform allows creators of music, video, visual art and literature to collectively verify their ownership of their copyrights and establishes other critical legal details. Cosynd also provides a quick and easy way for these collaborators to register their content with the U.S. Copyright Office.

To introduce creators to the ease and benefits of the new platform, Cosynd will be available for free until October 25th, 2018.

Cosynd was created by a diverse, dynamic team led by Jessica Sobhraj, a seasoned executive with over a decade of experience creating opportunities for creators within organizations such as SESAC, Rumblefish, and Women in Music. Sobhraj’s co-founders include Leo Larkpor (Chief Technology Officer Cosynd; CEO ArtTracks ; founder of HipHopzilla), Jennifer Newman Sharpe (General Counsel, Cosynd ; General Counsel, ONErpm; Co-Founder, Sparkplug), and Cassidy Williams (Chief Product Officer, Cosynd ; Senior Software Engineer, Codepen ; formerly Head of Developer Voice Programs, Amazon).

Cosynd is primarily owned by women and minorities - a rare combination in the startup scene. “The brainpower on this team is beyond anything I could have wished for,” Sobhraj enthuses. “Everyone on our team is an advocate and supporter of the creative community. We have first-hand knowledge of the pain caused by missing or incorrect ownership data - piracy, misuse, outright theft, loss of income, and takedowns. We knew that we could build a solution for our community that would be powerful yet easy to use.”

Cosynd’s founders envisioned a simple app that would make documenting and managing this crucial data a breeze for creators. The platform is an essential toolkit for creators that includes the standard contracts that address the nuances of shared copyright, while also leaving room for attorneys to assist, as needed.

Cosynd allows creators to create split sheets (straightforward documentation of ownership by percentage), premium ownership agreements (more detailed agreements covering vitals such as who can license the content), and work for hire agreements.

Cosynd offers both free and paid tiers of service. The platform allows creators to create unlimited split sheets for free and to purchase other creative agreements and copyright registrations for a one-time-fee. Frequent creators can subscribe to save and enjoy unlimited access. Subscriptions start at as little as $10 a month or $100 annually. Creators may also invite their attorneys to review/edit the agreements if they wish to at no additional charge too.

Some of the cleverest aspects of the platform directly aim to ease the pain points of the collaborative content era. If a creator regularly works with the same collaborators, they can assign default roles and splits for each collaborator instead of having to enter this information repeatedly. Multiple titles can be added to a single agreement and creators can quickly add new titles to their existing agreements, saving everyone the time and headache of repetitive paperwork each time they collaborate together (collaborators merely need to sign off on the new addition.)

Cosynd’s agreements use real, digital signatures, which is key for collaborators that face questions regarding ownership from content platforms, like YouTube, which can require a user to prove they have the right to upload their content. Once an agreement has been signed, collaborators cannot go back and change ownership splits for that particular work, as they can on other split sheet apps.

Cosynd is advised by seasoned executives across media, intellectual property, and the startup realm including  Kelly Hoey (Forbes Top 5 Angel investors, Twitter Top 25, Author), Tracy Maddux (CEO, CD Baby), Patrick Sullivan (CEO, Source3.io ; CEO RightsFlow), Monika Tashman (Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP ; Pipeline Angels Member), Linda Lorence-Critelli (The Recording Academy, Songwriters Hall of Fame; NYC3), Melinda Lee (Chief Content Officer, BuzzFeed), David Chidekel (Partner Michelman & Robinson), Brittany Laughlin (Partner, Lattice VC), Veronica Guzman (Founder, WAM Ventures), Gina Dwyer (Vice President, Creatis Capital), Robert Soler (Strategies for Wealth Management), and Anna Toshach (Pipeline Angels Member, VP Research Analyst at AllianceBernstein).

Out of the gate, Cosynd has been gaining momentum. The company was chosen out of hundreds of applicants to join the Monarq Incubator, NYC’s first startup accelerator for female founders, and Pipeline Angels, an organization of angel investors dedicated to creating capital for women and non-binary femme social entrepreneurs.

“Cosynd is an excellent example of the type of company Pipeline Angels seeks to invest with. They are primarily women and diverse founders who have developed a differentiated product in the growing digital content industry. Their solution simultaneously benefits the customer and supports a solid business model. We are thrilled to be investing in their launch, and are excited about the positive impact this business will have on the creative community over time” says Anna Toshach, Pipeline Angels Member.

“The companies we select for Monarq are led by incredible founding teams. We empower them with unparalleled access to mentorship, community, and perks that are designed to accelerate each business. Cosynd is solving a huge and expensive problem for both creatives and law firms. The more we get to know the team, the more we are blown away by their ability to execute on both their business and social mission. We are proud to have been part of their journey to success” says Irene Ryabaya, Co-Founder of the Monarq Incubator.

The sheer scale and nature of creation today requires a comprehensive solution that isn’t overwhelming to use and Cosynd is poised to become that standard solution for the creative industry. “There is more content being created and more opportunities to monetize that content than ever before, which makes documenting ownership of that content a crucial step from the onset ” says Sobhraj. “Without these agreements in place, liability increases, income goes unclaimed, disputes arise, lawsuits ensue, and we all suffer the losses. We built Cosynd to give creators a simple, affordable, and easy way to establish ownership and avoid those pitfalls.”

Announcement
10/03/2018