HAAWK Finds $2.5M For Rights Management Startup

Los Angeles-based HAAWK, a new startup focused on rights management, copyright enforcement, and content monetization, has raised $2.5M in a seed financing round, according to the company. The funding was led by Rincon Venture Partners, Wavemaker Partners, Frontier Venture Capital, and Apex Ventures. The startup, led by serial entrepreneur Ryan Born, said it also acquired a range of assets from Dart Music. Financial details of the Dart Music acquisition was not announced. HAAWK said it will delivers assets to, and administers royalties generated by, music and media retailers including YouTube Content ID, iTunes/ Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Prime Music, Pandora, Google Play, TIDAL, Deezer, and SoundCloud. HAAWK was co-founded by Ryan Born (CEO), Benjamin Barger (COO), and Ben Lister (CRO). Born and Barger previously founded AudioMicro/AdRev (sold to Zealot Networks).