Internet Court in China Fights Online Plagiarism with Blockchain Technology

After the launch of internet court in an eastern Chinese city- Hangzhou last year in order to serve the growing number of online trade disputes and copyright lawsuits, the internet court in China is set to move a step ahead on the ladder. It is now employing the Blockchain technology to fight issues related to online plagiarism. The aim is to screen the content coming from online writers, and the provincial news sources, and therefore, save a lot of time and effort and eventually save the costs of getting the justice from traditional methods.

As per reports from Xinhua.net, the Vice President of the court- Wang Jiangqiao said-

“The Internet Court breaks geographical boundaries and greatly saves time in traditional hearings.”

The time of the traditional hearings gets massively saved, for instance, the first ever online hearing on the internet court took only 20 minutes to wrap up. The process of the internet court is quite straightforward. The internet court welcomes court filings and cases through electronic mode. It is done via live stream only. The identities of plaintiffs and the defendants are cross-checked with the help of IDs that are issued by the government of China. Another route to verify the identities is through Alipay account.

Hangzhou boasts a good percentage of online Chinese writers. The writers here have been facing the issues of piracy, ownership for several years. Initially, the writers used to depend on pieces of evidence like screenshots, downloaded writings, etc, to prove their ownership, but given the fact that these pieces of evidence can be easily created or forged, therefore, these proofs of evidence were rendered as weak and nil. At the crux of this issue of plagiarism, Blockchain technology can rescue the authentic writers.

Another reason that lags the writers to pursue justice against the encroachers of their intellectual property is the expense that the legal services and the notary fees involve. Looking at the complexity of the plagiarism situation faced by the writers, the Hangzhou Internet Court looks at the Blockchain technology as a combating answer to the challenge. The court feels that it is almost unworkable to meddle with the proof that is recorded on the detailed structure of the Blockchain Technology given it is backed with the “decentralized” and “open distributed ledger technology.”

The Vice President of the Hangzhou Internet Court expressed confidence in the advantages the Blockchain technology will offer to the writers because of its high-security features. Jiangqiao credited “track, authorship, time of creation, content, and evidence of infringement” for his confidence in the technology.

The internet court became the first court to use Blockchain technology for saving evidence.

According to the reports from CCN, last month it was seen that many cities in China are using the Blockchain Technology to track parolees. Foshan became the first city in the country to do so. As per the reports from the People’s Daily Facebook page, on Wednesday, it was mentioned that the technology is used for more than just tracking the location of the parolees. The report read-

“The city of Foshan in southern China’s Guangdong province on Monday announced the launch of the nation’s first Blockchain based community correction service system to keep of the offenders in its Chancheng district in real time. […] The system allows local police, prosecutors, and the court officials to share their real-time data and to coordinate their services to conduct better supervision on and services to conduct better supervision on and service for the offenders, officials introduced at a press conference on Monday.”

Blockchain technology might have started with only the cryptocurrency and the related assets as a focal point, but the use of the technology is touching other spheres of life, only to make other sectors stronger and far more precise and efficient.

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