Blockchains are a new, exciting, mysterious, transformational technology – surrounded by a lot of hype. Being a lawyer, I viewed this as a challenge. I wanted to investigate. I wanted to cut through the hype and at the same time contribute thought leadership to my area of practice. The result is my paper for the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers’ 2017 book, Tech: Disruption and Evolution in the Entertainment Industries. The entire book is for sale on the IAEL’s website. A copy of my paper is available here: The Truth About Blockchains in the Music Industry – Spring, 2017.
The blockchain paper was presented at Midem in Cannes, France last week, where I appeared on a panel with Cecile Rap Veber, Director of Licensing and International at SACEM, the Society of Composers and Publishers of Music in France; Virginie Berger, CEO of Armonia, the European-based licensing hub for digital platforms; and Alex Locos, CEO of BMAT, a music monitoring technology company based in Barcelona, Spain – moderated by Maxime Gazeau from the Law Firm ATurquoise based in Paris, France. I have posted a condensed version of my presentation, with a few extra thoughts, on LinkedIn. Click here to read the post on LinkedIn.