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Blockchain technology is about to transform every trust-based interaction of our lives, from financial services to identity, from health care to our Internet of Things devices. In this podcast, host Laura Shin talks with industry pioneers across tech, financial services, health care, government and other sectors about how the blockchain and cryptocurrency will open up new opportunities for incumbents, startups and everyday people to interact more efficiently, directly and globally.

Mar 30, 2021

Olta Andoni, fintech and IP Attorney at Zlatkin Wong and adjunct professor at Chicago Kent College of Law, Tonya Evans, visiting Full Professor of Law at Penn State Dickinson Law School and host of the podcast Tech Intersect, and Stuart Levi, co-head of the Intellectual Property and Technology practice at Skadden Arps and coordinator of the firm's Blockchain and Digital Asset practice, break down the legal issues surrounding NFTs. In this episode, they discuss:

  • how the law looks at non-fungible tokens (1:25)
  • why owning an NFT is different from owning the rights to the underlying asset making up the NFT (3:12)
  • problems that blockchain solves for creators  (5:09)
  • how corporations (aka content intermediaries) are handling NFTs (6:53)
  • what rights the purchase of an NFT gives a buyer (11:51)
  • derivative artwork, the fair use copyright law, moral rights, and how U.S. law views NFTs (15:53)
  • how to determine the jurisdiction of an NFT (25:00)
  • what type of legal recourse is available to artists whose art has been stolen and redistributed as an NFT (32:37)
  • the differences in the terms of services between NFT marketplaces  (36:26)
  • why the first sale doctrine may not apply to digital assets (43:16)
  • what a buyer is getting when purchasing a blockchain license (46:12)
  • how NFT creators should protect their work (51:43)
  • whether a fractionalized NFT is a security (55:25)
  • how NFTs will change the business of content creation (58:44)


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