Warner Chappell

Amid all the streaming-economy arguments about who should be paid more money and how, there are plenty of quieter efforts going on to ensure that more of the money that’s already out there is claimed by its rightful owners.

Song Sleuth is one of the startups engaged in that business: it has built a tool to hunt down “undiscovered” royalties from user-generated content and derivative works. Now it will be doing this for one of the major publishers, Warner Chappell.

The pair have signed a deal for Song Sleuth to put its UGSeeker platform to work finding unclaimed royalties for more than 1m works in the publisher’s catalogue.

The startup said this is just “the first of a number of major deals that are currently in the pipeline” to use UGSeeker and its other UGC data and royalty tools.

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Stuart Dredge

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