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Core Rights, LLC Acquires All IP, Technology, and Assets of Dart Data

Metadata Services Power Core Rights Products Led by New CPO Hire

NASHVILLE, October 2, 2017 – Core Rights, LLC, a Nashville-based company, announced today their acquisition of all intellectual property assets, technology, data, software and services, and physical assets of Dart Data (aka Dart Music) at a June bankruptcy auction.

Core Rights CEO Jim King stated, “When it formed in 2015 Dart was a heralded music industry startup and by its close, metadata had become its focus. Given the initial value Dart created we chose to acquire the company’s assets and have expanded significantly on the metadata cleansing capabilities, data platform, and operations of the initial kernel of the Dart Data business.” This acquisition is now a portion of the upcoming release of the Core Rights suite of foundational metadata services focusing on difficult music industry needs.

Supporting the Dart acquisition and the new data services offerings is strategic new hire, Ted Ferguson, Chief Product Officer for Core Rights. Previously SVP of Product and Technology at Sony DADC and VP of Digital Strategy for Universal Music Group, Ted brings a tremendous amount of knowledge, experience, and product definition to the company. Managing a core group of musicologists and interacting with Core Rights visionary Chief Technology Officer John Loftis, Ted is responsible for both product definition and customer engagement.

Core Rights leadership and development teams are centering their efforts on one key music industry area - to dramatically improve metadata management and data analytics for a new vision for music licensing and, in particular, general licensing. Core Rights CPO Ted Ferguson explains, “Dart contributes to our abilities to leverage data analytics in our business. Coupled with our patent-pending AI and geospatial reasoning technology, processing billions of pieces of information from social platforms and other data sources, we understand how to create greater licensing efficiency and deeper market penetration in global music marketplaces.”

Jeff King, COO of SOCAN, said in support, “The SOCAN Group is pleased to partner with Core Rights in developing the necessary capabilities for ensuring music information and its metadata is in the highest quality form for representing customer licensing needs, analyzing the market for music usage, and supporting our overall mission as a global services provider.”

“Data is integral to serving our clients efficiently and accurately,” adds Sean O’Malley, COO for Global Music Rights.  “Core Rights provides ideal tools for analyzing and discerning the voluminous social media data available to us and using it to serve our writer and publisher clients.  As a customer utilizing their services, we are excited to see their recent DART acquisition and its ability to further our shared mission to effectively license and identify all public performances of our clients’ music.”

Get to the Core.

Core Rights is building the future of music licensing. The company's new product, Music Licensing Exchange (MLX) is an integrated, direct licensing digital marketplace that serves business owners, rights holders, and music suppliers alike. MLX intelligence comes from emerging technologies and patent-pending solutions, offering a simple, easy to use general licensing platform for moving music rights management firmly into the digital age.

MLX Marketplace

Automated one stop general licensing platform and sales lead generation.

PDQ Leads

Predictive Discovery and Qualification of leads.

Core Platform

Integration for SalesForce and other client environments. Machine learning based data training for custom market and customer solutions.

Metadata Processing

Intelligent metadata management, cleansing, and linking tools.

GeoSpatial Reasoning

Highly complex and deep data processing across global music and IP marketplaces.

Design Driven

Solutions values powered through a mix of very deep industry knowledge and tremendous technology.

Global Music Records Processed

Social Media Records Processed


Qualified Sales Leads Processed

Music Track Records Managed


MLX Distributed Ledger Transactions

The Core Team

Core Rights Team Member

Jim King

Founder & CEO
Core Rights Team Member

Johnson Loftis

Chief Technology Officer
Core Rights Team Member

Ted Ferguson

Chief Product Officer


Core Rights, launched in early 2016, is based in Nashville, Tennessee, and is supported by strategic investors and funding from its founder. Core Rights is the future of music licensing, large scale analytics, and metadata cleansing - delivered now. For multiple industry segments Core Rights creates greater efficiency and deeper market value for rights holders, creators, and licensees. Core Rights builds and delivers digital marketplaces powering entire country licensing needs, deploying advanced technology (e.g. blockchain and machine learning), as well as integrating new solutions into existing rights management systems. Primary products are MLX (a music licensing marketplace platform), PDQLeads (a predictive discovery and qualification service for licensing leads), and the upcoming Intelligent Metadata Services suite.
Core Right's offers a variety of products and services for the future of music licensing. These include the MLX Platform, PDQ Leads tools, and a host of new technology focused on metadata and general licensing.

Core Rights delivers MLX and PDQLeads based products for large scale rights administration companies in multiple countries in the global music marketplace.  Metadata cleansing services are provided for publishers, labels, and administration companies - managing and cleaning title and track data, participant, member data, licensee and licensing data, etc.

Primary corporate resources, musicologists, product development are based in Nashville, Tennessee and Chicago, Illinois in the US.  Core Rights works on a global scale with project management and execution resources in Europe, India, Canada, and the United States.

IP licensing solutions, leveraging blockchain and AI/ML are provided in broader IP markets, such as publishing services customers.

Core Rights is looking to add the following team members:
• TensorFlow Developer
• IBM Hyperledger Fabric Developers
• Senior Musicologists
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