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How blockchain can change the music industry

Since the 1999 launch of Napster’s music-sharing platform, the music industry has been in near-constant turmoil, its timeline marked with dipping revenues, lack of transparency, piracy problems and feuds over the fair distribution of dividends. Music companies hate streaming services. Streaming services hate file-sharing services. And, most of all, artists and content creators hate virtually everyone else for making huge sums off their toil and feeding them the crumbs. With so …

Unpicking the Gordian knot around blockchain patents

Dr. Justin Hill Crunch Network Contributor Dr. Justin Hill is a partner at Olswang and co-head of patent prosecution. As a patent attorney, he advises on a broad range of IP matters, covering the procurement, exploitation and enforcement of IP rights internationally. How to join the network Earliest mentions of the term “bitcoin” in patent titles and abstracts date back to around 2009, while …