What Blockchain Can and Can't Do for Copyright

(2018) 28 Australian Intellectual Property Journal 144

14 Pages Posted: 30 Aug 2018

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Annabel Tresise

Swinburne University of Technology - Swinburne Law School

Jake Goldenfein

Swinburne Law School; Cornell Tech - Cornell University

Dan Hunter

Swinburne Law School

Date Written: August 6, 2018

Abstract

This article explains how blockchain platforms – the technology underlying Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies – are likely to affect copyright law. After briefly outlining the technical features of blockchain technologies, it examines five main areas where copyright is likely to be affected – in registration processes, the creation of open digital rights management systems, the development of automated licensing, the reduction of the need for collective management organisations, and the identification of orphan works.

Keywords: Copyright, Blockchain, Distributed Ledgers, Collective Licensing

Suggested Citation

Tresise, Annabel and Goldenfein, Jake and Hunter, Dan, What Blockchain Can and Can't Do for Copyright (August 6, 2018). (2018) 28 Australian Intellectual Property Journal 144. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3227381

Annabel Tresise

Swinburne University of Technology - Swinburne Law School ( email )

Cnr Wakefield and William Streets, Hawthorn Victor
3122 Victoria, Victoria 3122
Australia

Jake Goldenfein (Contact Author)

Swinburne Law School ( email )

Cnr Wakefield and William Streets, Hawthorn Victor
Melbourne, Victoria 3122
Australia

Cornell Tech - Cornell University ( email )

111 8th Avenue #302
New York, NY 10011
United States

Dan Hunter

Swinburne Law School ( email )

Cnr Wakefield and William Streets, Hawthorn Victor
3122 Victoria, Victoria 3122
Australia

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