Comments made by Dot Blockchain’s Benji Rogers in a Midem conference session last week, reported by Music Ally, have sparked a sceptical response from industry lawyer Chris Castle.
He’s published a post, ‘The Core Flaw of Blockchain’, on his blog Music Tech Solutions.
Rogers said that “What blockchain may bring to the table is something you cannot ignore, because ignoring it is the same as accepting what’s there on the table is truth… A blockchain-based system at scale could force people to work with it, in a way that exposes them to decentralisation and transparency, arguably whether they like it or not.”
Castle compares this to Google – “In other words, organising the world’s information whether the world likes it or not. Sound familiar?” before casting doubt on the motivations behind such an approach.
“I would not rule out that it is ultimately the goal of the blockchain investors to force songwriters and artists to submit to the blockchain as a matter of law,” he wrote.
“One person’s forced ‘decentralisation and transparency’ is another’s eminent domain. So when you hear about blockchain, imagine if the blockchain bubble had the awesome power of the sovereign forcing someone else’s interpretation of truth on creators…”