Blockchain technology could secure digital rights

Is something once on the Internet, then the impact on what happens to it is relatively low. A Berlin-based start-up wants to solve the problem with the blockchain technology, because that can do more than just manage digital money. The idea: A huge database should store the copyright of each available network in the digital work. However, not central to an authority or a service provider, but completely decentralized distributed network. It’s made possible by the blockchain, ie those database that manages also Bitcoin.

Here, a blockchain property is used, the more likely appear at first glance to be a disadvantage for a database, explains Dr. Stefan Richter. This freelance computer scientist from Leipzig specializes in the blockchain. “The blockchain is a very special distributed database, namely one that is once spread on a very stupid way and all the people who participate in the network, get the whole database. ”

This redundancy of information, however, it can be ensured that neither data loss nor that they be changed. Because the entire network knows at any time what data have been created when and who has the exclusive right to manage this. The big challenge – as judges – be it but, at any time establish unity in such a decentralized network, what data is genuine and which possibly counterfeit.

The Bitcoin blockchain resolves this dilemma with an entirely new approach: It sets economic incentives, not against, but to play by the rules. Who constructively participates in the maintenance of the blockchain database can make money: Bitcoins. In addition to the Bitcoin transactions but to allow additional data in the blockchain store. That’s attractive. For since the blockchain and at any time is tamper-proof and at the same time publicly accessible from anywhere, it is an ideal location for all information associated with property and value.

About Ascribe author can register their works for free in the Bitcoin blockchain and make the associated usage rights in public. In the long term, so the vision is to get each user in the network so each creative achievement the corresponding recognition. Whether it comes to money or just the mention of the name. The storage space of the Bitcoin blockchain, however, is severely limited. In order to realize its vision of a decentralized universal copyright database, Pon therefore already planning with blockchain 2.0 ideas to work without Bitcoin.

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