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Cryptocurrency is paving new avenues for content creators to explore

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Until you take the plunge and start to produce regular content which is displayed on the web for the world to read, you struggle to comprehend how much work goes into the formatting aspect of your piece. The images used form an integral part of your story which aims paints a picture in the mind of the reader, which lures them deeper into the content. We have to delve into the world of stock photography to find the perfect image and to make ensure that we also have a license to re-use someone else’s property.

This is where there is currently a huge grey area in the stock photography industry. Two giants (Shutterstock & Getty Images) currently dominate the sector and because their grip on the industry is so tight, they can claim 85% of the fee paid for an image. Which leaves the photographer, the creator of the asset, with just 15% of the fee for their hard work. An unfair method of distribution where essentially the intermediary is taking the Lion’s share of the profit.

Wemark is building a blockchain based content ecosystem which eliminates intermediaries and puts the control of the content back into the hands of the people that created it. Allowing photographers to retain the rights they have over their property and also most of the profit received for it.

The injection of blockchain technology allows for a seamless transition between parties. The owner defines all the details of the content sale and the platform integrate it to a smart contract. When a purchase is made, a smart contract is triggered and the payment is processed. This delivers the specified funds to the content creator and simultaneously delivers the content and the applicable rights for the content to the buyer. The purchase is recorded onto the Ethereum blockchain and is set as indisputable evidence for all parties to see. The blockchain is essentially removing all possibility for potential transaction disagreements. The autonomous protocol processes payments, issues and registers specific licenses on the blockchain and then provides access to the content for the customer.

The Wemark platform is initially targeting the stock photograph sector but they are setting their sights on transforming content distribution industry across all applicable avenues. The initial platform designed specifically for photographers was launched a few weeks ago and has seen an overwhelming initial response from the community. Thousands of photographers have already signed up and submitted over 40,000 photos, which includes many of the best content providers who produce regular content on today’s major platforms. This allows photographers to establish and maintain their rights and ultimately make more revenue, doing what they love.

To avoid the one-sided ethos which has been a part of the industry for some time, the creators that use Wemark are also stakeholders of the platform. This means that they get paid in Wemark’s native cryptocurrency (WMK) and the value of their earnings within the platform may increase or decrease according to the growth and development of the platform.

The Wemark team has an impressive wealth of knowledge spanning throughout the industry. They also have what can only be described as an army of advisors by their side, heralding from many of the major players within the sector. Key names to note within the Wemark advisory board are Michael C. Lesser, who built and led the legal department at Shutterstock. Lars Perkins, who is the founder and former CEO of Picasa and also Keren Sachs, a former director of content development at Shutterstock. A plethora of industry leaders and VC’s have jumped on board the project to revolutionize a sector which is crying out for a shake-up. Which has been further aided by top VC’s in Israel, New York, and Silicon Valley. Definitely a project to bookmark.

Wemark have scheduled a token sale for the WMK token

When – The token sale will begin on June 7th, 2018 and is scheduled to end June 21st, 2018

Token – WMK

Price – $0.20

Supply – A total supply of 135 million tokens will be created, with a maximum number of 51 million (38%) tokens to be sold

Platform – Ethereum

Accepting – ETH

Hardcap – $8 million USD

A link to request the Wemark whitepaper

Where to participate in the Wemark ICO

Disclaimer: This article should not be taken as, and is not intended to provide, investment advice. Global Coin Report and/or its affiliates, employees, writers, and subcontractors are cryptocurrency investors and from time to time may or may not have holdings in some of the coins or tokens they cover. Please conduct your own thorough research before investing in any cryptocurrency and read our full disclaimer.

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How is the Crypto Market Changing?

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It has been around a month and a half since the start of 2019, and there are already some pretty obvious changes in the way the crypto market operates, especially when compared to the last year. Early 2018 was almost a complete opposite. The previous year started with cryptocurrencies at their strongest, only to see them crashing down after a few weeks. Back then, the ICO model was still quite strong, and so was the hype surrounding the crypto space. New investors kept entering the space, and new startups emerged with their tokens ready to be sold.

As the year progressed, things started to change. The prices continued to drop, the ICO model went down from around $1.4 billion in raised funds at the beginning of the year to only $100 million in the last month.

The ICO model lost investors’ trust, as many of the projects turned out to be either too weak to survive after the crypto winter struck, or scams which tricked investors out of their money and disappeared. Not to mention that the increase in ICOs popularity attracted the regulators who cracked down on them pretty hard, especially in the US.

With all of that happening, it is of a small surprise that the investors started giving up on ICOs, especially with the constant drops in prices which saw even the largest coins…

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Understanding the Uses of Different Types Of Cryptocurrencies

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Cryptocurrencies – a term which has become incredibly prominent in the mainstream media during recent years due to the proliferation of Bitcoin millionaires. As a result, the new form of currency has earned an almost infamous status. However, as with any major step forward, there is still much confusion regarding the use of cryptocurrencies, what different types of innovative electronic cash exist and what they might mean for the future.

We’re putting all of this to rest as we explain what each of the leading cryptocurrencies can do.

Bitcoin

The most popular form of cryptocurrency, Bitcoin was first thought up in 2008 by the elusive and still unknown creator, Satoshi Nakamoto, who published the whitepaper online.

It took almost a decade for the cryptocurrency to reach its peak, but in December 2017 a single Bitcoin roughly exchanged for the price of $17,000, meaning anyone who held a substantial amount of the electronic cash became significantly wealthy.

In its early years, the cryptocurrency was strictly used as an alternative for cash transactions, and predominantly for trading goods and services. However as it has increased in popularity, its range of uses has also widened, now deployed for a variety of purposes including acting as collateral for investments at merchant banks, a direct debit for subscriptions services and most notably for sports betting.

Ripple

Bitcoin’s closest source of competition, Ripple was founded…

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New DoJ Ruling May Cripple Gambling dApps

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A new decision made by the US Justice Department has expanded restrictions regarding online gambling in the US affecting gambling dApps. While the Federal Wire Act of 1961 prohibited online gambling regarding sports since 2011, the new decision expanded on this, and it now includes all forms of internet gambling. Unfortunately for many, this now also includes cryptocurrencies.

The new decision came due to considerable difficulties when it comes to guaranteeing that only interstate betting will take place and that payments will not be routed via different states.

The new announcement was explained in a 23-page-long opinion issued by the Department of Justice’s legal team, which pointed out that the 2011 decision misinterpreted the law. According to that decision, transferring funds was to be considered a violation, but data transfers were not included. By exploiting this oversight, it was possible for gamblers to turn to internet gambling. Unsurprisingly, many have realized this early on, including startups, as well as large, established firms. This, of course, also included cryptocurrency companies as well.

The new decision changes what is allowed online

The decision to include all forms of internet gambling is a massive hit in the…

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