LBRY with Jeremy Kauffman

The Python Podcast.__init__

May 14 2017 • 39 mins


Content discovery and delivery and how it works in the digital realm is one of the most critical pieces of our modern economy. The blockchain is one of the most disruptive and transformative technologies to arrive in recent years. This week Jeremy Kauffman explains how the company and platform of LBRY are combining the two in an attempt to redefine how content creators and consumers interact by creating a new distributed marketplace for all kinds of media.


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  • Your host as usual is Tobias Macey and today I’m interviewing Jeremy Kaufman about LBRY, a new marketplace for media built on peer to peer storage and blockchain technologies.


  • Introductions
  • How did you get introduced to Python?
  • What is LBRY and how did the idea for it get started?
  • What, if any, mechanisms are there for content owners to address piracy?
  • Is the LBRY blockchain purpose built for the protocol and application or is it using something like Ethereum under the covers?
  • In order to support a large scale distributed marketplace, the crypto coin that you are using will need to be able to support large transaction volumes so how have you architected it in order to achieve that capability?
  • What technologies are you leveraging to facilitate the content distribution mechanism?
  • One of the current problems with Bitcoin mining is that as the complexity of the proofs has increased and dedicated operations have moved to ASICs it has become less feasible for an individual to take part. Is there any provision for that situation built into the LBRY blockchain or does it not matter due to the capabilities for individual users to earn coins by participating as part of the storage network?
  • What led to the decision to use Python for the initial implementation?
  • For people who are participating in the LBRY network, what is the mechanism for them to convert their earned LBC into fiat currency?
  • How much of the overall LBRY stack is using Python and what other languages are you taking advantage of?
  • What is the business plan for LBRY the company and what do you have planned for the future of LBRY?

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