In China, an internet court has turned to blockchain in order to protect the copyright of online writers. China has reportedly “set up three Internet courts in Hangzhou, Beijing and Guangzhou.”
According to an English-language media outlet China.org.cn report, Blockchain technology will be the integral process of work circulating online and can be extracted for writers in order to use it as evidence in court if necessary. Previously, writers had to rely on screenshots and downloaded content as evidence. And, it used to be hard to get legal recognition as it was not considered credible enough, Wang Jiangqiao, a judge at the Internet court told the media outlet.
The official website of Hangzhou Internet Court says that it “behave[s] 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.”
According to China.org.cn, Hangzhou is the “home to many, if not most, online writers in China” and the news outlet also added that 107 “famous” online writers in the Binjiang District of the city who work in a “writers’ village”. The news might come as relief to the country’s 800 million Internet users and other online business that have resulted to the rise in the number of Internet-related disputes.
Wang Jiangqia also said that since “blockchain guarantees that data cannot be tampered [with] […] all digital footprints stored in the judicial blockchain system […] have legal effect,” especially because of its ability to track “authorship, time of creation, content and evidence of infringement.” Jiangqiao’s statement is very much in line with Supreme Court of China as in early September, it passed a ruling that blockchain can legally authenticate evidence.
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