#hack4music at MIT Media Lab


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MIT Open Music Legal Hackathon

The MIT Open Music Legal Hackathon is the culmination of a distributed network of creative open media legal hack events taking place around the world through the month of October.

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In Collaboration With the Open Music Initiative and Legal Hackers join us at the MIT Media Lab to explore and develop creative solutions for ownership/control/exchange of property rights to music and other digital media from the artist/creator vantage point in the music and media industry context.

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Open Music is a non-profit initiative, led by Berklee and MIT, creating an open-source protocol for the uniform identification of music rights holders and creators.


Legal Hackers is a global movement of lawyers, policymakers, designers, technologists, and academics who explore and develop creative solutions to some of the most pressing issues at the intersection of law and technology.



Automated Predictions on Encrypted Data

Endor is a spin off company from MIT Media Lab that uses the groundbreaking new science of Social Physics to predict human behavior with unmatched accuracy and speed

Event Description

Throughout the month of October, chapters of Legal Hackers are convening events around the world to enable a broad range of diverse participants to collaborate on generating creative projects, key questions and new ideas. This work will be reviewed and discussed at the capstone Hackathon day on October 28, 2018 at the MIT Media Lab.

the learning track for lectures, panels and tutorials

the discussion track for small group focused conversations

the hacking track for team-based rapid project development

Learn about the Music Modernization Act, enacted by Congress a few days ago, and how it enables novel business models and legal frameworks that can transform the music and media industry through innovative technologies.


This agenda may be updated from time to time on our event schedule wiki page, here:

The exact timing of hacking projects, small group discussions and learning sessions are approximate and will occur based on the flow of the day.

8:30AM - Doors Open and Registration

9:00AM - Convene and Opening Remarks

9:30AM - Team Formation

10:00AM Small Group Activities Start

12:00PM - Lunch

1:00PM - Activities Resume

3:30PM - Small Group Presentations

4:30PM - Discussion Forum

5:15PM - Review and Wrap Up

5:30PM - Close of Day

Follow the current agenda on our event wiki, here:


Global Distributed Collaborations

As chapters publish specific event links and as new chapters join this collaboration, we will add links below.

Boston Legal Hackers

NYC Legal Hackers and Brooklyn Law School Legal Hackers

Sao Paulo Legal Hackers

SF Legal Hackers

Tokyo Legal Hackers

Vienna Legal Hackers

Kansas City Legal Hackers

Dallas-Fort Worth Legal Hackers

Houston Legal Hackers

Washington DC


Open Music Initiative and MIT Media Lab

George Howard of the Open Music Initiative speaks with Dazza Greenwood of the MIT Media Lab about the themes of the Hackathon and good project ideas teams could take on or topics small breakout groups could discuss. They also preview the OMI Learning Session scheduled for the afternoon of Sunday, October 28 at the Media Lab as part of the MIT Node for this distributed hackathon event serirs.

Music Modernization Act

For more information on the Music Modernization Act of 2018 and how it could provide a new framework for innovation, check out the event info page at:

In summary, relevant provisions of the new statute:

Reform prior law to ensure songwriters are being compensated in a timely manner by ending the bulk Notice of Intent (NOI) process, creating a single Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) funded by the digital services, and providing a publicly accessible database for song ownership information.


Dazza Greenwood explores how to use Endor blockchain + analytics tools with Endor CTO Daniel Gorlovetsky, using a Docker image and music data custom developed by Endor for the Open Media Legal Hack

Participants are invited to try the Endor open source blockchain application to build projects that involve data.

Check out the Endor Docker Image and some tips on how to run it at


Dazza Greenwood explores Rsong with Kayvan Kazeminejad, Software Development Engineer and several others from the RChain Cooperative

Learn about the robust and scalable RSong architecture as Kayvan explains how the immersive audio data is being moved on-chain to run on RNode.

RSong is available on play store for Android users. iPhone users should contact Greg Meredith or Kayvan on Discord for an invitation.

See details about RSong proxy and RSong acquisition.

For a general overview, see:

Kayvan of RSong provides an overview and some context of what RSong is good for (and key architectural / design elements) and also what is out of scope! This is fodder for participants in the Open Media Legal Hack (at and the greater RSong and RChain communities too. Also it’s for YOU! For more info, see:


Dazza Greenwood explores Blackstone with Anjlee Khurana, Legal Engineer of Monax

Monax, a leader in open-source blockchain technology, recently released the Blackstone project which comprises a business process engine written entirely in Solidity smart contract language as well as a high-level RESTful API. This extensive release includes over 19,000 lines of solidity code, including a BPM engine and 13,000 lines of documentation. Blackstone is the culmination of four years of work focused on advancing blockchain technology for businesses. Happy building!

For a more detailed discussion on the components of the Monax stack, of which the BPM is at the centre, see this recent blog post. To dive in further, this blog gives a working diagrammed example of a business process model for a sale of goods contract workflow. We have also written extensively on combining BPM and blockchain tech in a recent Hyperledger guest blog. For more information on Blackstone, check out this announcement.

Anjlee is Monax’s Legal Engineer, working alongside our CCO on the Legal Engineering team. She’s responsible for product-market fit and a range of other areas on the LE side of things. Before joining Monax, Anjlee spent over a decade as an entertainment attorney, representing clients at both ends of the spectrum: from high-profile celebrities to those attempting new business models to save a rapidly shrinking industry. In addition, she volunteers her time to support artist-related causes.


Dazza Greenwood explores OpenLaw with Michael Chan of ConsenSys

With these OpenLaw tools by ConsenSys, Artists now have a way to issue content licenses, split and sell ownership rights automatically, without any central authority/or centralized cloud computing platforms.

In the demo, an Artist can upload a piece of digital art and create an NFT. Once, the NFT is created, an Artist can subdivide the NFT into any number of ownership and/or licenses out of the NFT. These licenses are then purchased through an OpenLaw powered agreement. Using the OpenLaw smart contracts, we can model out automatically enforceable property rights, royalty payments, licensing, resale rights, etc.

The technical documentation is still being built out, but OpenLaw has their testnet available now at: OpenLaw also has quite a bit of writing on it on their Medium page here:

The Accord Project:**

The best place to look for AP tools and examples would be the template library and the data model repository.

In terms of tools, as was discussed in the most recent Tech working group call (every Wed at 4pm EST see cal here), we’re developing an online template studio. See here and

We also have a video from earlier this year giving an overview of AP technology here:

Event Media

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At the conclusion of this event series, we will publish the great projects and other presentations from around the world on our special gallery site at and

October 26th NYC Node Recap with the Event Organizers

Direct link:–MdHXX4

October 20th NYC Node at the Bushwick Generator, Brooklyn

Keynote Speaker: Jesse Kirshbaum, CEO at Nue Agency

Jesse provides background and overview of current trends and major obstacles/opportunities/ideas for evolution in the music industry context, followed by a robust facilitated discussion with technologists, entreprenuers and lawyers participating in the NYC event node.

Direct video link: Link to poster:—Keynote-Speaker-Jesse-Kirshbaum

October 11th Kick-Off at San Francisco Blockchain Week

Kick-off of the Open Media Legal Hack event series at San Francisco Blockchain Week, hosted by Starfish Network.

Flash Talk slides to catalyze idea flow on Open Media Legal Hack topics presented at SF Blockchain Week

October 16th Mechanism Design Meetup on Open Media Legal Hack

Brazil SP Node Promo Video

Em outubro, o SP Legal Hackers realizará seu primeiro Open Media Legal Hack, com nodes em diversas cidades do mundo. Mais informações em breve!