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Blockchain Internet Courts to Protect Copyrights in China

Redwan Eid | Dec. 10, 2018
Blockchain Internet Courts to Protect Copyrights in China

China seems to have decided to invest into the blockchain system for protecting its writers from being stolen, where the system referred to is said to have a solution for stopping, or limiting plagiarism at least.

December 10, 2018 | AtoZ Markets - As per the news from China, an internet court in Hangzhou has recently changed its direction to blockchain, for fighting broadly-spread piracy online writer undergo.

The local media said that the country has recently started three internet courts in each of Hangzhou, Beijing and Guangzhou.”, which are dedicated to managing disputes associated with internet issues, where plaintiffs can file their complaints online.

“behaves as an ‘incubator’ for Internet space governance, a ‘test field’ for Internet judicial rules, a ‘leader’ for diversified Internet disputes, and a ‘first mover’ for the transformation of Internet trials.”, described the official website of the internet-based Hangzhou Court.

The court referred to plans to use the blockchain copyright system, where around 107 well-known writers publish their works on the internet, for what is known of writers’ village” in the Binjiang District of the city.

Blockchain seems to have a solution for plagiarism

The step comes in favour of protecting the previously mentioned writers, as their works were frequently abused and stolen, and it is not easy for them to prove they are the authentic writers of those pieces which were pirated and published on other online platforms, under different names. The original writers used “to resort to screenshots and downloaded content as evidence,”, however, the argumentation about that is that photos can be fabricated, using different photo-editing programs.

In his turn, Wang Jiangqiao, a judge at an Internet Court, explained that as “blockchain guarantees that data can not be tampered with [...] all digital footprints stored in the judicial blockchain system [...] have legal effect,” emphasizing the ability to track “authorship, time of creation, content and evidence of infringement.”

Wang Jiangqiao’s statement comes in harmony with China’s Supreme Court ruling in early September, which said that blockchain can legally authenticate evidence.

In a connected news, the media reports that a Russian startup is also working on a blockchain-based copyright network in Uzbekistan, which is said to start by digitizing patents and storing them on-chain before moving onto securing “intellectual property” as well.

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