The Internet court, created in Hangzhou, an eastern Chinese city, will now use blockchainBlockchain
is a continuous and sequential block chain of information (digital linked list). When building a blockchain, copies of related blocks are simultaneously stored on multiple computers.Details technology to combat plagiarism for online writers and fixing lawsuits, a local Chinese news publication, China.org.cn, reported.
China launched its first online court in Hangzhou to deal with cases of online plagiarism. According to legislation, this innovation will save time and reduce overhead costs.
It is assumed that soon the court will take legal actions and cases in electronic form, as well as receive a mandate to manage cases online through live broadcast. Plaintiffs can verify their identity using an ID issued by the government or through their Alipay account.
Blockchain technology and copyright protection in China
As is known, most of China's online writers live in Hangzhou. In the Binjiang is the so-called "village of writers", which is home to more than a hundred popular online-writers. Over the years, these authors have been confronted with problems of piracy and plagiarism. It is known that over time, Internet authors find it increasingly difficult to prove their ownership of a work.
Reports on court cases about "piracy of works" indicated that: "(...) although authors are used to using downloaded content and screenshots as evidence of ownership, this evidence is easy to fake, which makes them ineffective as evidence".
The report also states that the costs of legal services and notary services prevent the authors from seeking justice for those who violate their copyrights. However, the Hangzhou Internet court considers that it is almost impossible to falsify evidence recorded in the blockchain "because of its decentralized and open technology of the distributed book".
Wang Jiangqiao, a judge in Hangzhou, is of the opinion that the blockchain is useful for writers due to its high level of protection. He also stated: "The authors need the blockchain because of the high level of security. It will fully protect against hacking (...) The blockchain technology makes it possible to track real authorship, creation time, content (...) and has real evidence of violations" – Wang Jiangqiao.
As it became known, the Internet-court in Hangzhou will use blockchain technology for trials in piracy cases. This is not the first time when in China local authorities use blockchain to facilitate the work of security agencies.
Editor: Yuliya Soroka