Frequently asked questions

What is Royalty Claim? 

Royalty Claim Platform is the world's first platform of easy-to-search databases referencing unclaimed royalties and music license entitlements due to creators, rights-holders, and beneficiaries. The Royalty Claim Platform is a web-based software-as-a-service accessible to anyone by subscribing to one of our monthly plans starting at $0 per month (FREE).

Who is Royalty Claim for?

Anyone that creates or contributes to the creation of music including, but not limited to: recording artists, session musicians, background vocalists, record producers, beat makers, lyricists, composers, arrangers, symphonic musicians (instrumentalists, conductors, orchestrators, soloists), religious groups (church choirs, gospel ensembles, etc.), production music (film and TV composers), school/community groups (e.g. bands, school choirs, community choirs), and beneficiaries (e.g. spousals, widows, children, grandchildren). Also, we have some records referring to comedians, spoken word artists, and other vocal artists who performed non-musically on sound recordings for which a music industry related license or royalty has earned.

Where do you get your information?

Royalty Claim researchers locate, retrieve, synthesize and import an array of published and unpublished data that reference statutory notifications of certain music licenses, unattributed royalties (so-called "Black Box" royalties) and settlements; and income participants (payees) in undistributed royalties that stem from collective bargaining agreements, international reciprocal agreements, statutory royalties, and more. We also analyze data related to music consumption (e.g. downloads, streams, sales), broadcasts, performances, and other types of data to identify trends from which we can interpret insights into the global music licensing ecosystem. For more information on our sources and a diagram of our data ingestion system, click here.

Do you provide non-US international support?

At this time, all of our sources of data are based in the United States and we do not provide any specific music industry support to non-US persons or entities. However, several of our sources represent the US interest of international persons and entities or have entered into reciprocal agreements with many foreign territories, so while we do not provide specific support for non-US entitlements, that does not mean we do not have records referring to entitlements due to non-US persons and entities.

What are entitlements?

Entitlements refer to a person(s) or entities' right to certain royalties and licenses. If you are entitled to receive any portion of royalties or to be a party to a license, then the asset to which our records refer is your entitlement.

What are examples of unclaimed entitlements?

UNCLAIMED ROYALTIES: A number of royalty collection bodies in the United States administer music licenses and collect royalties from licensees to pay out to music creators and rights-holders. Each of these collection bodies maintain their own records of royalty payments that are returned "address unknown," when they have identified the income participant, or records of royalty payments due to income participants for which they have no identifying information on file. These, among other reasons, lead to unclaimed royalties.

UNCLAIMED LICENSES: A provision in the United States Copyright Act called the compulsory mechanical license enables music licensees, as long as the licensee follows certain procedures, to reproduce and distribute songs in phonorecords (e.g. CDs, cassettes, digital audio files) without directly getting in touch and entering into a license with songwriters and copyright owners. Therefore, the use of songs under this method results in unclaimed licenses. This includes so-called interactive (on-demand) digital music services where users can search, find, and play streaming music at will.

How current and accurate is your information?

All records in our databases are timestamped for the date retrieved and the date posted. We do not provide any warranty or guarantees on the accuracy of the information beyond the fact that the record existed on file with the source (generally, the source is the administrator of the fund holding any unclaimed royalties) at the time of retrieval. Information can change at any time. For example, if a music creator pursues a claim against an unclaimed royalty record and is awarded the payment by the fund administrator, then the record may be updated to reflect this if we are able to receive verification that the claim has been resolved.

How did Royalty Claim come to be?

Learn about the Royalty Claim Initiative and its Founder and Chief Researcher, Dae Bogan, MIA on the About page.

Have more questions?

Send us a message on the Contact page.

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