Analysis: blockchain evidence accepted by Chinese court

20-08-2018

James Godefroy

Analysis: blockchain evidence accepted by Chinese court

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A Chinese court’s acceptance of blockchain-based evidence is a step in the right direction for using technology to modernise legal processes, says James Godefroy of Rouse’s Guangzhou office.

In June 2018, the Hangzhou Internet Court in China accepted a claimant’s use of a blockchain service to preserve online evidence of a copyright infringement. The case involved an infringement claim by a media company called Huatai, who claimed that Daotong, another media company, had posted a copyrighted photograph and article without its permission on a website.

When compiling its evidence for the case, Huatai used a third-party blockchain service called Baoquan to obtain Daotong’s webpage with the infringing material.

The case marked the first time that blockchain technology was recognised as a legitimate source for storing evidence during a court proceeding in China and is likely to have far-reaching implications in Chinese courts and around the world.


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