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1  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Using the blockchain as a method for assigning ownership of digital artworks? on: October 24, 2013, 04:20:12 AM
One big issue in the art world right now is buying and selling digitally-based media. While there are some interesting efforts made to address this issue ( http://www.ifnoyes.com/ ), often artists resort to making some kind of physical output or embodiment of digital code (an object) that can circulate more easily within the existing strictures of the art market. ( http://paddle8.com/auctions/paddleson )

I am interested in developing a method or system where a contractual ownership token or message can be embedded with a blockchain transaction. This way an artist working digitally can present the work in its native form (on the internet, for instance), yet still have a mechanism to sell it to a collector who would have a verifiable and secure way of showing ownership and transferring ownership to another party.

My idea seems related to Contracts ( https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Contracts ), colored coins ( https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=305042.0 ), and maybe even smartcoin ( https://github.com/jgarzik/smartcoin ), but it is difficult to know where to begin.

Is it about message embedding? ( http://bitcoin.stackexchange.com/questions/2631/what-are-the-key-differences-between-different-ways-of-embedding-messages-in-the ) But ones that would persist across transactions?
Or is it about developing essentially a custom wallet that would create specialized, contract-like transactions?
I've even thought of Ripple and creating custom currency that would be "backed" by the artwork, like what TTBit did with DYM
( https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=149533.0 )

I am a digital artist and an academic, so this is a creative/research interest I'm trying to develop. More experiment and proof-of-concept than entrepreneurial startup. I'm an OK coder but I wouldn't call myself a developer.

Any ideas, suggestions? anybody want to collaborate? Let me know.
2  Economy / Speculation / growing divergence between bitstamp and bitfinex on: October 23, 2013, 10:47:20 PM
Bitfinex is currently cut off from buying on bitstamp because of a lack of exchange USD funds there. Buys can only happen on bitfinex's internal market.

Right now there is a $4 per coin difference to the upside at bitfinex -- 207 vs 203. (along with a 250+ coin bid at 207...)
Its unusual to say the least to see this much of a spread between the two exchanges.

people want to buy on bitfinex.
3  Bitcoin / Mining speculation / speculative scenario -- what would you do? on: September 02, 2013, 09:03:14 PM
If you had about $1500-$2000 of FREE money available between now and a year from now. (say it's from your parents, your employer, an envelope found on the street, from God, whatever....)
You also had free electricity and network resources.
Nothing on pre-order, no place in any queue.

What course of action would you take vis-a-vis mining?

4  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / The comparative advantages of bitcoin are clear every day on: April 09, 2013, 12:48:23 PM
When engaging with the the Bitcoin economy, most people have to also deal with the fiat banking system -- getting fiat into an exchange, getting fiat out, etc. Users see these two banking systems side by side everyday.

That experience drives home the benefits of bitcoin. How much time is wasted waiting for International Wires to clear, for ACH deposits to clear, for funds to be released? It is maddening!

Compare that to the experience of moving, say, from LTC to BTC on BTC-E, then transfering to Mt. Gox then on to another exchange. It's effortless. No paperwork, no disclosures, no forms. And you wait maybe an hour per hop, often less.

Once you go to bitcoin banking you never want to go back. Fiat banks seem like slo-motion (and expensive!) dinosaurs.
5  Economy / Digital goods / [SOLD] Bioshock Infinite and Tomb Raider download coupon on: March 29, 2013, 03:23:58 AM
Like several other people here I've got a code coupon card for downloading Bioshock Infinite and Tomb Raider.

You can see a scan of the card here: http://static.mccoyspace.com/BTC/gamecard.jpg

I'd like to sell the code for .5 BTC

That will allow you to access two different download codes on Steam.


Since it's a download code, you would have to transfer the BTC first, then I'll send you a code (and a scan of the scratched off card if you want).
Can't do a refund.

I'm new here and motivated to uphold my end of the bargin. Let's make a deal!
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