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August 28, 2020

Blockchain, Smart Contracts, and Reconstructing the Music Industry

Many have heard of the famous cryptocurrency named Bitcoin, but many have not heard of blockchain. Blockchain is the underlying technology that allows Bitcoin to function as a decentralized currency. Imagine blockchain as a shared database. Unlike the Cloud, where Google or Apple control all the data, a public blockchain is not controlled by a central authority. Instead, anyone connected to the internet can take part in storing the data. Because it is not controlled by one party, theoretically, a blockchain cannot be shut down, hacked, and most importantly, the data cannot be altered again. Cryptocurrencies are one tiny possibility of the power of blockchain.
June 14, 2019

Should Copyright Protect Music Created By Artificial Intelligence?

As technology develops to the point where AI is capable of creating original music, questions are being raised as to whether this computer generated music, and […]
May 30, 2019

METADATA IS THE BIGGEST LITTLE PROBLEM PLAGUING THE MUSIC INDUSTRY

Recently, a musician signed to a major indie label told me they were owed up to $40,000 in song royalties they would never be able to collect. […]
May 23, 2019

From roots in installation art through experimental music, Laura Ortman Has One of the Standout Works of the Whitney Biennial

Even in the Whitney Biennial, a show that this year is full of art that asks you to look and think again, Laura Ortman’s video is slightly unplaceable. The 5-and-half […]
May 23, 2019

Its Official Blockchain-Based Digital Collectibles Market Meme Factory Has Launched

Meme Factory, a blockchain-based marketplace for digital collectibles, goes live today. Meme Factory is built on ethereum and allows users to create, issue and trade “provably […]
May 23, 2019

Intellectual property assets: Breaking the ice for blockchain-based economic networks

An icebreaker is a specialized ship that uses its momentum to move through the frozen surface of a body of water. But counterintuitively, its bow isn’t […]
May 23, 2019

ART BY THE NUMBERS: Intelligence Report Spring 2019 by ARTNet

This second artnet Intelligence Report drills down into the fact that art is never divorced from commerce, politics, or economics—much as we might like to think […]
May 23, 2019

Artists Are Accusing Chris Brown of Ripping Off Their Work in His New Music Video

Artists are accusing Chris Brown of copying their visual imagery in his new video “Wobble Up.” The video, which debuted on Monday, is rife with suggestive […]
May 23, 2019

Writer’s estate kicks off a whole new mechanical royalties debate in a new lawsuit

The son of Harold Arlen – the man who wrote ‘Over The Rainbow’, ‘I’ve Got The World On A String’ and ‘Get Happy’, among many other […]