Guest Column: Blockchain and Music Data’s Byzantine Problem
This guest column is by Annie Lin, general counsel for Loudr. Nine generals are stationed at separate points around the walls of a massive kingdom. A majority of the generals wish to launch an attack, but in the absence...
May 18, 2017
ASCAP, SACEM and PRS for Music launch joint blockchain project
Music collecting societies ASCAP, SACEM and PRS for Music are teaming up for an ambitious partnership based on blockchain technology. The societies said the project will "prototype a new shared system of managing authoritative...
April 7, 2017
Demystifying blockchain: ‘Call it Sex Chocolate or something!’
Blockchain technology has evangelists and sceptics galore in and around the music industry. Is it really the answer to the music business’ infamous problems with transparency and efficiency? A conference panel convened...
March 3, 2017
Blockchain startup Jaak unveils MΞTA and plans pilots
Blockchain-focused startup Jaak has revealed more on its plans for a series of pilots involving music and media companies in the months ahead. CEO Vaughn McKenzie has also outlined Jaak’s ambition to create MΞTA, a...
February 20, 2017
GUTS Tickets aims to tackle touting with blockchain technology
We’ve seen a growing cluster of startups using blockchain technology to try to solve some of the problems in the recorded-music ecosystem. Now there’s one applying the tech to the issue of online ticket touting. Amsterdam-based...
February 17, 2017
Dot Blockchain partners with SOCAN, Songtrust and more
Startup Dot Blockchain launched the alpha version of its ‘minimum viable product’ to apply blockchain technology to music last year. Now it has announced four deals with music industry companies to further its ambitions. Canadian...
February 2, 2017
Seedcamp’s Dave Haynes: ‘What will the next wave of music startups be?’
"There was this point in time, specifically 2007 and 2008, when you had Spotify, Songkick, SoundCloud, The Echo Nest… it was a time of huge disruption for the music industry, but a lot of value WAS created by the companies...
January 29, 2017
‘Blockchain saving the record industry? I don’t see it…’
There's a lot of excitement within the music industry about the potential for blockchain technology, from Benji Rogers' Dot Blockchain initiative, to experiments like Imogen Heap's Mycelia, and emerging startups like Jaak,...
January 26, 2017
Audio Network exec assesses blockchain music potential
There is a lot of excitement around the potential that blockchain technology has for the music industry, but also plenty of scepticism. Audio Network’s head of product Matthew Hawn walked the line between the two attitudes...
December 12, 2016
Bandnamevault boss responds to Dot Blockchain criticism
This morning, we reported on a session at the BIME conference in Bilbao where Dot Blockchain founder Benji Rogers criticised another startup using blockchain technology, Bandnamevault. The latter launched earlier this...
October 31, 2016
Dot Blockchain boss criticises ‘opportunistic’ Bandnamevault
Benji Rogers, founder of Dot Blockchain, has termed the arrival of Bandnamevault – a company claiming to offer the first practical application of blockchain within the music industry – as both “opportunistic” and...
October 31, 2016