Blockchain-based digital content record platform Ascribe has launched a service called WhereOnTheNet to enable artists who ascribe their work on the blockchain to trace the pathway of their content on the web.
Masha McConaghy PhD, a curator and co-founder of the Berlin-based startup, Ascribe... outlined some of the most interesting art projects of 2015 that use Blockchain technology, saying that “2016 will be an interesting year."
What happens when art and tech collide? For Masha McConaghy — art curator, researcher, adviser, and co-founder of ascribe — it was the birth of a Berlin-based blockchain technology startup that’s helping solve one of the digital art world’s biggest dilemmas.
Ascribe goes a step further, helping digital artists use a cryptographic ledger (the bitcoin blockchain) to register original work, verify provenance, and securely transfer of ownership of works to galleries.
"Meanwhile, in Berlin, there’s the year-old ascribe, a blockchain start-up similarly giving creators the ability to sell their digital works with straight-forward licensing and transferring of ownership."
Berlin company ascribe.io develops systems within the Blockchain technology and offers services for art experts, assisting in the professional management of their digital files, i.e. their registration, archival, transfer of ownership
By exposing this layer of ownership to everyday users, and allowing those individuals to act/engage with how their content is circulating online, Ascribe starts to outline a potential common ground for commercial art and digital art to coexist.
Aiming to provide a foundational layer for artists and other independent creators to establish ownership over their works on a decentralized database – the Bitcoin blockchain – and protect those rights following publication.
Artists that use ascribe essentially create digital deeds for their work, which are then subsequently time-stamped onto the bitcoin blockchain ... creates a digital certificate that can be then be traded, tracked or loaned, thereby creating a chain of ownership for that work.
The end of piracy? Ascribe's blockchain-based technology can trace the journey of any registered file to track its distribution -- giving rights holders a way to prove their ownership and a better chance of prosecuting anyone who may have stolen their work.
Digital scarcity is an oxymoron. Unless it isn't. Thanks to a recently funded startup called Ascribe, artists and writers can now create unique copies of their work that can be bought and sold and cannot, in theory, be duplicated.
CYLAND MediaArtLab hosted an important talk on digital authorship ... Masha McConaghy is one of the founders of ascribe. It is a service for artists, galleries and collectors to register, transfer and archive digital art.
The difficulty to sell and control digital production is a matter that has arisen ... how to define status and value of digital images ? ... how to define a digital image as unique, in seconds can be duplicated infinitely? ...
Meet ascribe. It is likely that the German startup will soon change the face of the art world online. Thanks to their service, people from all over the world have unprecedented opportunities in terms of sharing their works.
On ascribe, a digital or physical artwork is registered in its system as proof of ownership, which is backed up by a file with a timestamp on the blockchain. You can still make the file available to everyone in a torrent, for example, but you will always have proof that you're the original owner.
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For the thousands who buy and sell photos, the rules are changing again as Adobe links its software to its own stock-art site. Others ... ascribe lets people share their photographs under Creative Commons licensing, but it uses the "blockchain" technology.
We discovered James's artwork "Echoes" on Reddit last night and informed him of ascribe.io. Today, he registered this piece on ascribe.io and created 100 unique editions, which are now protected by the Bitcoin Blockchain
Creative Commons France inaugurated the launch of the new website with a new tool that unlocks the value of the bitcoin blockchain for the benefit of the Free Culture movement. Ascribe enables creators to share their CC-licensed work without worry of loss of attribution.
[ascribe is] the only service so far to make digital timestamping so user-friendly and come with so many options, the greater business world could find it much easier to adapt to blockchain-based services. Looking further out, it may even play a part in redefining what file ownership means.
Perhaps the most radical, and unusual example of how blockchain technology is changing lives for the better comes from ascribe. The startup is a service specifically for artists, galleries and collectors to register, transfer and archive digital art ... So far, the Berlin based startup has over 600 artists who have declared 2,600 digital works and unique editions, and a dozen marketplaces and platforms have signed on to the service to use its API
ascribe CTO [Trent McConaghy] joined us for a fascinating discussion of their ambitious goals to enable a so-far elusive secondary market for digital art, help creators monetize their work and ultimately retrofit an entire ownership layer to the Internet
Newly launched digital service ascribe gives all artists the ability to create authenticated editions of their digital work, be that photography, images, video or 3D printing recipes to sell or manage via their own sites without a fee. Digital artists such as Thomas Traum, Andreas Müller from Nanika and Harm Van Den Dorpel have been early adopter
We were excited to welcome ascribe to the FvF Apartment during Berlin Gallery Weekend. Apart from a speech by ascribe’s co-founder Masha McConaghy on digital ownership, the event featured a special exhibition with ascribed works by digital artists Jonathan Monaghan, Harm van den Dorpel and Valentin Ruhry.
Bruce Pon, ascribe's co-founder, said that "we are giving people the choice on how they want to control their IP, whether they want to give it away for free... or whether they want fair compensation for their copyright."
The Internet that we have is missing a crucial ownership layer for creators. We don’t yet have an Internet where the creator of a photograph, a video, a piece of music, a segment of software code, a digital artwork, a journalistic piece, or a writerly composition is identified by a special authentication signature or a certificate of ownership.
Cointemporary exhibits digital artworks (files) which can be purchased for bitcoin. Every work has an entry on the Blockchain where it can be tracked and ownerships are transferred. Think of it as a Bitcoin address: The owner of a private key is the owner of the corresponding digital artwork (file). We use ascribe.io to manage the artworks
Bitforms gallery is pleased to announce Jonathan Monaghan’s first solo exhibition in New York. Based in the U.S., Monaghan crafts surreal and psychologically driven works that operate within the real, imagined and virtual worlds.