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Blockchain Presents a Black Spot to Piracy

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    Copyright is a type of right that regulates relations involving the creation and use of works of art or science. Speaking about this type of right, we imply that the subject of the relations is the copyright holder (not always the author), and the objects are the works of art, research papers and other intellectual property items. Copyright significantly differs from patent right by the fact it does not require registration. Whether the work is published or not, be it recorded on paper or other media, or simply verbally announced, it already has the authorship protected by law. However, copyright cannot always be duly protected because of the flexibility of conditions and a tremendously high speed of data distribution.

    What issues exist now?

    It is always in the interest of the author to prevent the work from becoming an income source for third parties. However, it is extremely difficult to track illegal data distribution and copyright breach on the Internet since free copying is almost unrestricted. Usually, if an author faces the violation of his rights, it is up to the author to protect them; such a protection simply needs an evidence base. While is it easier to regulate such relations in the material world, today’s Internet environment has almost no tools for monitoring and resolving similar issues. Blockchain can become such a tool enabling authors to confirm their authorship and the fact they were the first to create the intellectual property in question. Credits blockchain is one of such projects. Credits platform will enable its users to apply the system not only for financial transactions, but for the certification of digital objects of art, research papers, releases, SW code and the confirmation of their copyright.

    How can blockchain protect the rights of authors?
    Blockchain has the functions of a universal storage with the main purpose of validating digital objects using a global public registry. At present, draft services of certification on the basis of blockchain networks are at various development stages. Such services can ensure all types of document certification, registration, storage, notarization etc. Function-wise, it is most often implemented as the possibility to use cryptographic hashes as a permanent and public way to record and store information. This information can always be retrieved using search engines and indexes.

    Some technology used in blockchain systems can create a tangible basis for the resolution of civil disputes and legal issues.

    In this view, the most important technologies are
    • cryptographic hashes. The hash is used to confirm the existence and the content of any digital object without the actual disclosing of the content. Since any documents can be certified, unique hashes can be created for each individual object of intellectual property.
    • timestamping. When timestamping the hash the author certifies he was the first to create the object of intellectual property by showing the exact time of its creation or publishing.
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