Budding Blockchain, Copyright Relationship Needs Work

Today, if a copyright holder finds infringing content online, they can ask a publisher or internet service provider to remove it. But the law, as with any new technology, hasn’t kept pace with blockchain, which has gained popularity in part because no single person can remove or alter information or transaction records.

Source: Budding Blockchain, Copyright Relationship Needs Work

UK Govt Mulls Options to Make Anti-Piracy Enforcement Easier 

The Intellectual Property Office has published its latest corporate plans and strategies. In addition to improving services, the IPO wants to enhance the climate for rightsholders by making enforcement options, such as site blocking, both cheaper and easier. The IPO also wants to forge deals with Internet intermediaries while making piracy socially unacceptable to all.

Source: UK Govt Mulls Options to Make Anti-Piracy Enforcement Easier – TorrentFreak

Here’s Exactly How Sony Music Is Sharing Its $750,000,000 Spotify Windfall

Sony is now splitting its considerable Spotify pie with artists and sub-labels.  The major label offered detailed payout information in a letter issued Thursday (June 14th), with generous terms laid out. At a top level, Sony Music is offering to split its Spotify windfall based on how much revenue a particular artist generated during the time the company retained an equity position.

Source: Here’s Exactly How Sony Music Is Sharing Its $750,000,000 Spotify Windfall

Spotify must tread carefully if it wants to strike direct deals with artists

The news that Spotify is now striking direct licensing deals with artists hasn’t exactly delighted the world’s biggest rights-holders. This is the latest flashpoint in a fascinatingly edgy marriage between Spotify and the labels, where both spouses remain publicly enamoured with, and financially dependent on, one another – yet utterly paranoid that their betrothed is trying to get their leg over elsewhere.

Source: Spotify must tread carefully if it wants to strike direct deals with artists

Artists as cryptofinanciers: welcome to the blockchain

Much of the focus on blockchain’s application within the cultural sphere has focused on its role in markets. One might surmise that artists would therefore find it uninspiring—but no. Rob Myers, one of the early adopters of blockchain as an artistic tool, has written: “The ideology and technology of the blockchain and the materials of art history…can provide useful resources for mutual experiment and technique.”

Source: Artists as cryptofinanciers: welcome to the blockchain

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