Blockchain and smart contracts: the missing link in copyright licensing?

  title={Blockchain and smart contracts: the missing link in copyright licensing?},
  author={Bal{\'a}zs Bod{\'o} and D. Gervais and J. Quintais},
  journal={Int. J. Law Inf. Technol.},
This article offers a normative analysis of key blockchain technology concepts from the perspective of copyright law. Some features of blockchain technologies—scarcity, trust, transparency, decentralized public records and smart contracts—seem to make this technology compatible with the fundamentals of copyright. Authors can publish works on blockchain creating a quasi-immutable record of initial ownership, and encode ‘smart’ contracts to license the use of works. Remuneration may happen on… Expand
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