Chinese Internet Court Implements Blockchain to Protect Intellectual Property of Online Writers

According to reports by English-speaking Chinese media outlet China.org.cn, an Internet Court in the province of Hangzhou, Eastern China, decided to turn to the Blockchain initiative to fight piracy issue at the expense of some online writers. The report was first published on Dec. 8.

smartereum.com reported earlier that only three major provinces in China had implemented sufficient Blockchain projects compared to the rest of the nation. These regions include Hangzhou, Beijing and Guangzhou.

Now from fresh reports, it appears that the Asian territory has opened three Internet courts in Beijing, Guangzhou and Hangzhou. The Internet courts are designed to expressly manage the interests of cases relating to the internet. It will allow plaintiffs who file their complaints online to be heard. It will lessen the number of privacy issues that weren’t handled in the right way.

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Hangzhou Internet Court an Incubator for the Governance of the Internet Space

The official website of the Hangzhou Internet Court states that it “behaves like an ‘incubator’ for the Internet space governance, or a ‘test field’ for judicial rules on the Internet, a ‘leader’ for diversified disputes, as well as a ‘first mover’ for the evolution of Internet trials.”

The Hangzhou, Internet Court (intends to implement a blockchain copyright system to handle the privacy issues affecting online writers) “is “home to many, if not all the online writers in the Chinese territory,” as reported by China.org.cn. The news company notes this in the 107 “famous” writers work in one “writers’ village” in Binjiang.

Privacy Concerns Have Affected Online Writers in the Province

The article mentioned above explains that online writers frequently have their reputations damaged by piracy issues (which is often hard to prove because determining the original author of any text is often difficult). Writers “typically resort to screenshots or downloaded content as evidence,” to prove that they are the author of any text. However, this is weak evidence because it can easily be forged.

One judge at Hangzhou Internet Court, Wang Jiangqiao, said that since the “Blockchain guarantees that data can’t be tampered with in any form every digital footprint saved in the judicial blockchain system has a legal effect.” He specifically noted that Blockchain has the ability to track the “authorship, content, and time of creation, as well as unravel any evidence of privacy infringement.”

Jiangqiao’s statement here is in line with the ruling of China’s Supreme Court in early September. The court decided that the Blockchain initiative can be used to legally authenticate evidence in any case.

The Decision to Turn To Blockchain for Internet Privacy Issues isn’t New

This isn’t the first time that Blockchain has been used to handle online privacy issues. We can recall from an earlier report by Cointelegraph in an analysis, that Blockchain implementation to tackle piracy issues in the online media isn’t something new. One Russian startup is reportedly looking at implementing a blockchain-based copyright platform in Uzbekistan. The project is going to start by digitizing patents before storing them on-chain and moving onto securing the intellectual property.

Princess Ogono is a writer, lawyer and fitness enthusiast. She believes cryptocurrencies are the future. When she's not writing, she spends time with her adorable cat, Ginger and works out often.

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