Intel recently made public an invention that allows a procedure for the use of the blockchain to download rights to digital images. This was seen in a patent application released by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
“Blockchain technology is used to document and verify attributes of digital content that are relevant to copyright protection. Such attributes may include an identifier for the author of the content, a timestamp to indicate when the content was created, and a measurement that can subsequently be used to detect copying or modification of the content.”
The platform seeks to create an automated copyright setting for each image regardless of the source. A unique identity will then be created both for the original and the modified versions. These identities will be known as “shadow images.” As mentioned in the application, the platform will have additional features and can also be used for videos and related content. Such additional features include editing rights to “unstructured” pieces such as literature with multiple editors.