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From the automated license fee demand to rechtssichereren marriage spare

After this 1945 the first atomic bomb was detonated, exploded in the minds of people and the expectations of the new technology: They should operate their imagination by, among other automobiles (what, for example, the German SPD believed so firmly, that they 1956 wrote in their nuclear program, the “Development of nuclear power equipment instead of diesel engines and other internal combustion engines for fixed and mobile Gyms, for ships, Aircraft and transport [must] secure Germany's place in the series of industrial nations”).

Similar comprehensive expectations you project today at the Block chain technology, the crypto currency Bitcoin is based. In a given by the Internet industry association commissioned YouGov survey last year declared nine percent of surveyed middle and senior managers of SMEs, wanting to use the technology in their own company, more 17 Percent thought about the use of. And just under a third of respondents assumed, that the technology over the next ten years “fundamental changes” will ensure.

The ideas, circulating in this context, are not limited to the use of Bitcoin or Ethereum as Payment- or Thesaurierungsmittel. In many other areas benefits are propagated by block Chain. A potentially high energy demand, of such advantages could turn into economic disadvantages (see. China: “orderly exit” from the Bitcoin) has hardly been an issue.

Particularly common diving block chain ideas related to Intellectual Property: Former Photo- and film company Eastman Kodak, whose stock after bankruptcy 2012 fast 90 had lost percent of its value, promises photographers via user accounts on a new Kodakone platform such as new revenue from the “Nachlizensierung” of image rights on the Internet, he wants to collect with Kodakcoin crypto coins and pay. After he announced, das Initial Coin Offering (ICO) for these digital coins on 31. to want to perform in January, the stock price doubled shortly.

The Berlin-based company Copytrack advertises the block chain and Buzzwords ICO for their new “Global Copyright Register”. In the pre-sales phase, they collected it from aggregated good 2.900 Investors over four million US dollars. The company claims to be “in about 140 active countries” and “generated” [sic] last year from not or not sufficiently licensed digital images “a financial impact of over 20.000.000 US-Dollar”.

The toll-financed Swiss Radio- and television company SRG, their future in a referendum on 4. March decides (see. Switzerland: Poll majority for the end of the license fee), has with the telecommunications operator Swisscom and the television station World of Wonders a block with chain technology and “Smart Contracts” functioning “Micro Licensing Coin” developed, will be settled automatically with the licenses TV rights trading.

This should in theory be easier and cheaper. Experts |, the need to work with current theoretical automatically operated archiving tools of the SRG, However, reports of defects in the practical application.

archive automatically block chain wants the Düsseldorf Metro Group, of this with the Hamburg-based IT company Deepshore cooperates. The system is supposed to not only “the law” and “revisionssicher”, but also allows “comprehensive evaluation” and “Analysis”, the data, incurred at the tills. by the “technically completely new approach” should “dissolve the boundaries between the traditional archive and a data warehouse”.

Other companies and organizations check currently, as they contain with block Chain election fraud, can prevent welfare fraud by multiple identities and fight corruption. One of the original ideas for the use of the technology was the Dutch company LegalFling: It wants to set reliable evidence about contracts, When a person has consented to what sex acts with a person other (see. LegalFling: documenting consent for sex in the block chain).

Update: CopyTrack does not see himself as “Abmahndienstleiter”, “but as “Bildrechtsportal, that seeks fair agreement between the author and infringers”. For this, the company carries out:

“The warning is the message of an injured person to a violator, that he had committed by a body appointed in detail action a breach of copyright, associated with the request, to refrain from this behavior in the future (at risk of repetition) or not committing only (at risk of first) (see. Dreier, a.a.O., § 97a Rn. 3). Such a request is asserted at any time by CopyTrack due from clients. CopyTrack shipped within the meaning of the author offers for relicensing and if necessary. Compensation claim. Our claims for damages do not constitute a warning within the meaning of § 97a of the Copyright Act, as well as they have neither a request to halt, contains to eliminate the disputed photograph of websites of infringers.” (Copytrack)


(Peter Mühlbauer)



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