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      May 30, 2019

      Thursday   6:30 PM

      117-126 Upper Sheriff Street
      Dublin, Dublin

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      Dance Attribution & Blockchain - Tracing the Steps

      EVENT CONTENT - panel enquiry into the role of distributed technology in creating a record of attribution for choreography and dance performance. - Short dance performance - Attribution and IP for dance: Yvonne MacNamara, Barrister at Law, Dublin. - Introduction to Mycelia, an online music ecosystem: Ismael Arribas, tech entrepreneur, Spain. - An architecture for dance attribution system: Fiona Delaney, distributed innovation, Dublin. - Panel Discussion + Q&A - Socialising This panel enquiry explores the role of distributed technology in creating a record of attribution for choreography and dance performance. Choreography is most often presented publicly in live performance. The number of performances can be quite limited, and may not always be recorded, or be archived, or available in the public domain for viewing. With notable exceptions, where great efforts are made to protect, archive and licence work (eg. Merce Cunningham Trust), attribution, authorship and records of contribution are often ad hoc and can be difficult to document. In addition, in order for a choreography to have any copyright protection, it needs to be recorded - in notation, but most often filmed. There are few dance archives for choreographers to deposit their works, and no consistency in the type of documentation that is stored. The result is that choreographers can find it difficult to maintain a public record of their creation of original dance works, the existence of public performances of their works, or the participation of collaborators or performers. Recent high-profile cases of alleged plagiarism (by Beyoncé of Anna Teresa de Keersmaker’s work), and alleged theft (by Fortnite of Alfonso Ribiero’s work) reveal the complexities of choreographic copyright protection and accreditation. The risk of reputational loss or diminution is significant, as is the risk of works being lost from the public record. Distributed Ledger Technologies have the potential to provide a trust layer to digital information systems. This is achieved via a network of peer-to-peer distributed nodes that record an immutable, time-stamped record of events and transactions (World Economic Forum, 2016). There has been some exploration of the appropriateness of DLT technologies in tracking digital IP and creating proof-of-existence, copyright and ownership records (Savelyev, 2018), and numerous technical implementations exist, including http://myceliaformusic.org/. We extend these enquiries to the field of dance and explore the potential for digital technologies to enhance attribution and authorship records. This enquiry seeks - first, to protect the rights of choreographers to have their role acknowledged within a chain of attribution. - second, to forge a proof-of-attribution: for the creation of new movements/segments/acts/entire works. This may include various forms of documentation - dance notation, digital imagery, audio and other media files with reference to the Persist Program (2016) and UNESCO (2016) Recommendation concerning the Preservation of, and Access to, Documentary Heritage Including in Digital Form. - third, to maximise the potential for AI, computer vision and other autonomous technologies in determining, testing and oversight of the system.

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