Today, data and creative products are one of the most precious elements of anyone’s digital footprint. In a time when more data is generated, extracted, and aggregated, the matters of security and copyright loom large, requiring urgent solutions.
Copyright, for instance, is growing in importance in this digital era. On the Internet, where an intellectual product is generated continuously, it is essential to preserve one’s ownership and rights along with their benefits from monetization. Getting one’s intellectual labor stolen or improperly redistributed can be disastrous.
The owner of an original electronic product can reap all these benefits – provided they have backed up the evidence of its creation. Timestamped documents are now the norm in supplying evidence of ownership in an environment where any text, picture, meme, video, or other creation can be tweaked and reposted for traffic and monetization.
Consider one heated debate in the crypto space – that of Satoshi Nakamoto. Almost everyday there are people claiming to be the real Satoshi Nakamoto, though they always fail to present adequate evidence. No pretender has ever provided believably time-stamped documents to prove the probability that they created Bitcoin.
This method is not foolproof, however. Malicious actors could try to spoof the date to present evidence of earlier ownership and activity for any digital file. Thus, proving a digital identity and ownership with current technology is a rabbit hole of complications.
Tools to secure digital copy
Still, copyright is extremely important, not only when it comes to content monetization, but also for avoiding fraud, digital identity theft, and other forms of misrepresentation. This is especially true when it comes to securing media content such as pictures and video; preventing theft is crucial.
In 2019, data is not only presented to humans, but combed through by AI, taken up by algorithms, and included in the generation of new data. For that reason, it is extremely important to be aware of ownership and to avoid unwanted or illegal usage of the content.
Blockchain: tamper-proof evidence
Comparing these services, Authpaper Delivery is the only one offering a complete ecosystem of data transfers and encryption. Any type of file can be secured on its network, not only limited to image data as in the case of Binded. Let’s go deeper and try to understand how it achieves its security.
Authpaper Delivery offers better security because peers never view the actual data, they only help distribute the already encrypted copies. This level of security is better compared to Bernstein, which requires an initial document upload, thus having a point of limited risk exposure. Any data on its network is immediately encrypted, starting with the first peer in the network, and it can only be decrypted by the intended recipient.
The advantage of Authpaper Delivery includes an automatic record of publication and distribution that is made under a name or email, which is publicly viewable, although not tamper-proof. Thus, third parties can verify the authenticity easily based on the blockchain record, without needing additional steps to receive certificates or other forms of proof.
While the Bernstein project uses the Bitcoin network and outside timestamp authorities, Authpaper Delivery has built its own peer-to-peer network using the BitTorrent protocol. This holds some disadvantages, as peers will need some technical knowledge to connect, while also revealing their IP address, email, and public wallet key. However, their platform is still in the development stage, gathering runway funds through several crowdsale stages. But once live, we’ll be able to assess the real capacity of its network.
The issues of copyright, confidentiality, and data ownership affect all market participants – from individuals to various business and academic organizations. Older solutions are better fitted to users with more significant resources. But blockchain allows for a secure, intuitive, and integrated approach to securing digital copies and intellectual products. Integrated networks offer the most secure steps to achieving these goals.
(Disclosure:The author is not associated with any of the projects mentioned.)