Chinese Authors Turn to Blockchain for IP Protection

Chinese sci-fi “The Three-Body Problem” are on sale at Yurindo bookstore in Meguro of Tokyo, Japan, July 15, 2019. (Xinhua/Guo Wei)

HANGZHOU (Xinhua) — Chinese internet writer Chen Hongyan has formed a new habit in her creative process – regularly uploading her literary works onto a blockchain-based database.

After uploading a piece of writing, Chen, widely known among her readers by the pseudonym of Lingchen, will automatically receive a string of data as the electronic ID for her work.

Chen is a beneficiary of the blockchain technology used by the Hangzhou Internet Court, which was set up in September 2018 to step up intellectual property rights (IPR) protection. It was China’s first trial application of blockchain in the judicial area.

The judicial blockchain can help preserve evidence for copyright owners to better protect them from infringements. It can store data concerning time, location and identity on the blockchain, said Wang Jiangqiao, executive vice president of the Hangzhou Internet Court.

Numerous infringements came along with Chen’s fame. Her online literary works have more than 100 million clicks and her audiobooks have been played more than 1 million times.

“According to our rough statistics, one of my works was pirated by more than 3,000 websites, and it would take me a month to call all these infringers,” Chen said.

Chen said in the past if she went to court, she had to prove several basic facts, such as Lingchen was the original writer and she was the one using the pseudonym. She also had to collect enough evidence before the infringers deleted the content.

With the special ID, copyright owners like Chen can easily claim their IPR in advance. When disputes arise, they can hand in the blockchain data directly as strong judicial proof.

For years, the penalties for online infringements have been low, but copyright owners need to pay a high price if they want to protect their rights.

Chen Xinwen, general manager…

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