SoundCloud’s artist services and distribution platform Repost by SoundCloud has entered into a new partnership with Cosynd, a New York-based legal service that automates copyright contracts and registrations.
The partnership will provide artists using Repost with user discounts to Cosynd’s suite of services to help register their copyrights, establish ownership, and create agreements to help protect their work.
In March of 2019, the U.S Supreme Court ruled that creators must register their copyrights and obtain a decision regarding their application with the U.S Copyright Office as a prerequisite before filing an infringement lawsuit.
Typically, completing the registration process could take several months and can be nearly 20x more expensive if creators wait until a legal issue arises to attempt a rushed filing, according to Cosynd.
By partnering with Cosynd, Repost by SoundCloud community members will be able to register all of their content (music, videos, images, literature) at a discounted rate.
Repost by SoundCloud artists will be able to register copyrights for $25 (plus federal filing fees) through this partnership. Traditional services may charge upwards of $150 per registration.
Repost by SoundCloud artists will also benefit from Cosynd’s digital platform where they can create, negotiate, and sign customized copyright agreements with collaborators to create work for hire agreements, producer agreements, or premium split sheets.
“Since the launch of Repost by SoundCloud we have seen immense growth in artists and labels distributing their music from SoundCloud into accompanying platforms.”
Jeff Ponchick, Repost
Jeff Ponchick, VP & Head of Repost, said: “Since the launch of Repost by SoundCloud we have seen immense growth in artists and labels distributing their music from SoundCloud into accompanying platforms
“We’re thrilled to take it to the next level with Cosynd to help artists have more control over their rights in a way that is cost effective and simple for creators everywher.”
“Equipping creators with the seamless tools that we offer at Cosynd, helps them to secure their rights and ultimately their income.”
Jessica Sobhraj, Cosynd
Jessica Sobhraj, Cosynd Co-founder and CEO added: “While it’s easier to create, upload, and share content more than ever before, protecting that content for most creators still feels unapproachable, complicated, and expensive.
“Equipping creators with the seamless tools that we offer at Cosynd, helps them to secure their rights and ultimately their income.
“We are thrilled to partner with Repost by SoundCloud and to work with their passionate team in an effort to make it easier for the independent community to take these necessary actions to build, grow and protect their careers.”
SoundCloud acquired rights management and distribution company Repost Network in May 2019.Music Business Worldwide