Sony wants to expand digital rights management with Blockchain


The Japanese technology company Sony wants to expand using the Blockchain technology for its digital rights management system. In this way, information on Rights to written works to be managed.

Sony has outed repeatedly as a Blockchain-Fan. So has the company already in the summer of last year, together with IBM on a block chain-based education platform worked. In April of this year, Sony has a Patent filed that the use of Blockchain technology for the management of users ‘ rights was concerned. Now the company wants to take advantage of the safety benefits of the technology to manage the rights to written works permanently.

Numerous possibilities of the Blockchain

The project is developed jointly by Sony Music Entertainment Japan and Sony Global Education, such as the company on 15. October from his Website announced. There, Sony also explains, why the Blockchain technology is currently in the focus of the company’s development:

“Block chains to create networks, to destroy in which programs and information is difficult, or to falsify, and are well suited for the Transmission of data and Rights. These characteristics of block chains give a lot of possible ways to use it for a range of services, including Finance, sales management, and the Sharing Economy, and we expect that Blockchains will provide in the future even more innovative services.“

As the base of the new system to an already developed System for authentication, sharing and rights management of training data is used. However, it should also have functions for the processing of legal information. To do this, Sony explained:

“This newly developed System is specialized to manage legal-related information from written works, with functions to demonstrate the date and time of the electronic data and to identify under-use of the properties of block chains, to verifiable information in a hard-to-fälschbaren way of recording and previously recorded Work. This allows the participants to share and to check when and by whom electronic data has been created.“

These managed plants can be electronic textbooks, music, movies, VR content and books. Legal disputes about who is the real author of the work, should thus be put a stop to.



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