Japanese transnational technological giant Sony has recently mentioned, that they are working on the blockchain system for the copyright. The project is also involving such Sony’s daughter companies, as Sony Music Entertainment Japan and Sony Global Education.
Still in its infancy now and not even having a name yet, the project is aimed to fix the intellectual property rights for various written pieces for now, though planning to broaden it to handle movies, music, and e-books, the company said on Monday.
The press release mentions, that the new system is going to be based on the one formerly developed together with IBM for “the identification, transmission, and disposition for the rights of learning materials”.
“Today, advances in technologies for digital content creation allow anyone to broadcast and share content, but the rights management of that content is still carried out conventionally by industry organizations or the creators themselves, necessitating a more efficient way of managing and demonstrating ownership of copyright-related information for written works”.
Users of Sony’s new solution for copyright DLT software will have access to the verification of the exact date when a particular author wrote a piece, therefore getting the freedom to confirm the intellectual property affiliation. Sony itself is also going to apply the system to the internal training division of the Sony Music Entertainment Japan.
But we feel like Sony has touched only the tip of the iceberg of blockchain application to study. It can be used much wider than simple verification or creation date affirmation. Blockchain can also help with the discrete sharing of the information, making it unobtainable for anyone you don’t want. Or else, for example, make data processing decentralized, therefore facilitating the verification of the analysis result.
These and many more aspects of the blockchain in studying will be presented at the Academia Panel Discussion of the Blockchain Leadership Summit, which will take place on the 23–24th November.