Engraved: The Ownership Registry
Although formal registration of a work is not required to the author in order to acquire its rights, having a trustworthy evidence is crucial to prove the authorship. In practice, being the first to register the work.
Engraved offers a solution to make copyright registration trustworthy and secure as it is based on the Ethereum blockchain.
We have already mentioned some of the advantages of Engraved over a traditional copyright registry
A work can be registered given its cryptographic digest (Keccak-256), the author(s) name(s) and/or identifications of any kind and optionally, a copyright license. It exists a free text field where the copyright has to be reserved and which can work also for small custom copyright licenses. Larger and commonly used licenses can be registered independently and referenceded with its identification code.
Having a work registered and relating its cryptographic digest with its author through a copyright license allows him to proof the authorship and the reserved rights in the future while preserving the original file unpublished if wanted.
Having the original file, its cryptographic digest can be obtained and queried on the blockchain, proving that way the relationship of the author(s) with the original file represented by the engraved digest through the chosen copyright license.
Note that the Engraved platform is agnostic to the author’s identification, but it should be enough to demonstrate its authorship undeniably. Identifiers like national IDs or any other reliable third party identification could be used.