- This article handwaves about musical blockchains to push Opus, a generic Ethereum/IPFS/DRM music proposition of the sort I describe multiple variants of in chapter 12 of Attack of the 50 Foot Blockchain. You’ll be disappointed to know you just missed their ICO token offering.
- But you might instead go for Viberate, the live music on the blockchain startup. Apparently if you book your gigs on a blockchain, somehow this ensures everyone gets paid! Because gig money famously comes from people doing cryptocurrency transactions at the door. The actual purpose of this dubious proposition is to sell their ICO token to crypto gamblers. They consider the perfect advisor for their unregistered security offering is Charlie Shrem, who was previously jailed for money laundering on behalf of the Silk Road drug market.
- Convicted felons are, of course, all the rage in the blockchain entertainment space. We now have the technical details of Kim Dotcom’s new service, apparently to be at k.im: “We have our own file type,” and to open it “you will need one of our apps or third party apps that will use our API.” That is, it’s DRMed files streamed from behind a paywall, because DRM totally works. He’s trying to recruit YouTube stars to get things started. And, of course, run an ICO. Which may not get the US government off his back.
My previous advice — if anyone pitches blockchains to you, kick them in the nuts and run — still stands.