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

Melbourne Law School - University of Melbourne

Dan Hunter

ARC CoE for Automated Decision-Making and Society; Faculty of Law, QUT

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 )

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3122 Victoria, Victoria 3122
Australia

Jake Goldenfein (Contact Author)

Melbourne Law School - University of Melbourne ( email )

185 Pelham Street
Melbourne, VIC 3010
Australia

Dan Hunter

ARC CoE for Automated Decision-Making and Society ( email )

Brisbane, QLD 4000
Australia

Faculty of Law, QUT ( email )

Level 4, C Block, Gardens Point
2 George St
Brisbane, QLD 4000
Australia

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