Hangzhou Internet Court Adopts Blockchain to Protect Copyright of Online Literature

Hangzhou Internet Court Adopts Blockchain to Protect Copyright of Online Literature


Writers publishing their work online can easily by hurt by piracy ​and it is hard to safeguard their legal rights due to difficulties collecting evidence. But an Internet court in East China's Hangzhou now has a solution. Thanks to blockchain technology, the integral process of work circulating in cyberspace can be extracted for writers to use as evidence in court. Writers used to resort to screenshots and downloaded content as evidence, which was hard to gain legal recognition as the process was not credible enough, according to Wang Jiangqiao, a judge at the Internet court. On the other hand, notarial procedures and hiring of professional lawyers push up the costs of seeking justice, he said. But blockchain guarantees that data can not be tampered, due to its decentralized and open distributed ledger technology. Therefore, all digital footprints stored in the judicial blockchain system -- authorship, time of creation, content and evidence of infringement -- have legal effect, Wang said. Hangzhou is home to many, if not most, online writers in China. A total of 107 famous online writers have signed contracts to create works in a "writers' village" in the city's Binjiang District. China has set up three Internet courts in Hangzhou, Beijing and Guangzhou to handle Internet-related cases. The country's 800 million Internet users and booming online business have led to rising number of Internet-related disputes.

Source: Chinadaily

People watch

It is lucky for Chen Jun to began his career in the IP industry 14 years ago when the first group of IP managers for businesses appeared on the stage in China and he has been in the industry.

It was this “Whampoa Military Academy” for IP that educated China’s first batch of corporate IP management personnel. Many of these engineers left Foxconn in the years since.