Blockchain Is About to Change How Asset Ownership Works

A composer or performer could produce a body of work, like an album, and tokenize that work to willing investors and participants. Listeners, producers, and others would be able to front money to creators, giving them more upfront cash for their work, and simultaneously giving themselves a stake in what could be a very popular piece of media.

Source: Blockchain Is About to Change How Asset Ownership Works

US Govt. Seizes Millions in Cash & Crypto in Movie Piracy Case 

The United States Government has seized millions in cash and cryptocurrency as part of a movie and TV show piracy investigation carried out by Homeland Security Investigations and the MPAA. PayPal appears to have played an early key role by providing information on two subscription-based ‘pirate’ sites. From there, the rabbit hole deepened.

Source: US Govt. Seizes Millions in Cash & Crypto in Movie Piracy Case – TorrentFreak

William Shatner Joins Effort to Fight Collectibles Fraud With Blockchain ‘Passports’ 

Star Trek acting legend and producer William Shatner has joined an initiative to tackle fake memorabilia and collectibles using blockchain tech. Shatner is partnering with Mattereum, a legaltech firm headed by former ethereum launch coordinator Vinay Gupta, to highlight its Asset Passport technology, which uses “legally-binding” smart contracts to record the authenticity of collectible items.

Source: William Shatner Joins Effort to Fight Collectibles Fraud With Blockchain ‘Passports’ – CoinDesk

Patreon Looks to Satisfy Creators and Investors

After facing questions earlier this year about the sustainability of its business model, Patreon—a platform that allows fans to provide recurring payments to their favorite authors, cartoonists, and illustrators in exchange for various rewards—added service tiers and changed its fees this month for creators who are not existing members.

Source: Patreon Looks to Satisfy Creators and Investors

YouTube and its users face an existential threat from the EU’s new copyright directive

YouTube and other tech platforms have argued that the only practical way to avoid liability will be to install even more restrictive content filters than the ones they currently have to prevent infringement. Frustrated creators and users may flee the platform if it no longer provides the outlet for their creativity or boredom.

Source: YouTube and its users face an existential threat from the EU’s new copyright directive

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