China’s Internet Court uses Blockchain to curb online plagiarism

Chinese Internet court will be assisting the writers with the help of blockchain, who continually have been victims of plagiarization.

The Hangzhou Internet Court in Eastern China will be using blockchain technology to fight piracy for online writers, according to a news report by published on December 8.

China, which launched its first internet court to deal with internet related cases, reduce time and costs will also enable plaintiffs to file for their complaints online.

During the launch, the internet court was likely to accept court filings and cases electronically, provided the mandate to live stream the ruling of online cases. Plaintiffs are expected to verify their identity either with government-issued ID or via Alipay account.

The website of the Hangzhou Internet Court states:

“behave[s] as an ‘incubator’ for Internet space governance, a ‘test field’ for Internet judicial rules, a ‘leader’ for diversified Internet disputes, and a ‘first mover’ for the transformation of Internet trials.”

The Hangzhou city has a massive number of online writers in China. The news outlet also reported that the city’s 107 famous online writers have signed in contracts to work in “writer’s village” in the city’s Binjiang district.

The writers have previously had issues with privacy, which has now become a challenge for them to claim ownership of their work. The report also states that, while these online writers used to rely on downloaded content and screenshots as evidence, which for recognition were not credible enough.


Wang Jiangqiao, who works a judge at the Internet court, said that blockchain is beneficial to the writer’s work, because of its tamper-proof nature, giving them the authority to track the authorship, time of creation, content, and evidence of infringement.

The statement from Wang comes shortly after China’s supreme court recognizing blockchain as a legal means of storing evidence.

Meanwhile, in Uzbekistan, a startup is working on copyright network which is blockchain enabled. The project is to start by digitizing patents and storing them on-chain before transferring them onto a more secure property.

China has also set up internet courts in three of its cities; Hangzhou, Beijing, and Guangzhou that will be handling cases related to the internet. The report also states that there are over 800 million internet users and a plethora of online businesses, which have led to an increase in online disputes.