Kobalt Neighbouring Rights, a division of Kobalt Music Group, has announced the signing of several high-profile artists, including the band Thirty Seconds To Mars, DJ and singer Havana Brown, Train, pop star A*M*E and 'Australian Idol' runner-up Matt Corby. Kobalt Neighbouring Rights also counts among its clientele Björk, Jake Bugg, Gotye and Michael Jackson's estate.
“We’re delighted to be working with talented recording artists like Thirty Seconds to Mars, Train, A*M*E, Havana Brown and Matt Corby," wrote Kobalt Neighbouring Rights managing director Ann Tausis in a statement. "I can’t wait to surprise them with their first KNR revenue statements. The world class team here has done a brilliant job in building an impressive client list in only a year and a half – 2013 sees us go from strength to strength."
The concept of "neighboring rights" was introduced in 1961 by the Rome Convention, which sought to extend copyright protections to producers, performers and broadcasters in addition to the author and/or composer of a work. These rules were augmented in 1971 by the Geneva Phonograms Convention, which gave labels and rights holders the opportunity to prosecute counterfeiters of the recently introduced cassette tape. It was the first time the industry would deal with what later became known as piracy.