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Global blockchain unicorn Bitfury launches music business

Global blockchain company The Bitfury Group, valued recently at $1 billion, announced on Wednesday the launch of a music and entertainment division that will create an open-source music platform secured by the bitcoin blockchain. The open-source platform, named Surround, will encourage collaboration and promote innovation within the industry, the company said.

Source: Global blockchain unicorn Bitfury launches music business

How Many Songwriters Does It Take To Write A Hit? 9.1

When it comes to writing top 10 hits, it appears that the more songwriters you have, the better. That’s because the average number of songwriters for the top 10 streaming hits of 2018 in the U.S. was a whopping 9.1, according to research done by Music Business Weekly based on information stored in the ASCAP and/or BMI databases.

Source: How Many Songwriters Does It Take To Write A Hit? 9.1

Museums in the Digital Age: Open access arrives at the Lenbachhaus 

Munich’s Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus recently launched Collections Online, offering high-resolution image downloads with CC BY-SA licences for its out-of-copyright works. Jacqueline Falk, responsible for Digital Communication at the Lenbachhaus, shares the inside story.

Source: Museums in the Digital Age: Open access arrives at the Lenbachhaus | Europeana Pro

European Parliament Issues Q&A on the draft digital copyright directive

It is important to point out that the draft directive does not create any new rights for artists and journalists. It merely ensures that their existing rights are better enforced. Nor does the draft directive create new obligations for online platforms or news aggregators. It merely ensures that existing obligations are better respected. What is currently legal and permitted to share will remain legal and permitted to share.

Source: Q and A on the draft digital copyright directive

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