Blockchain Rights Management System For Digital Content Planned By Sony

News | October 15, 2018 By:

Sony Corporation is developing a blockchain-based digital rights management (DRM) system.

The new blockchain DRM solution will be based on Sony and Sony Global Education’s previously developed system for storing and managing education records. It will focus on the protection of digital content, including electronic textbooks, music, films, virtual reality (VR) content, and e-books.

“This newly-developed system is specialized for managing rights-related information of written works, with features for demonstrating the date and time that electronic data was created, leveraging the properties of blockchains to record verifiable information in a difficult to falsify way, and identifying previously recorded works, allowing participants to share and verify when a piece of electronic data was created and by whom,” Sony said. “In addition to the creation of electronic data, booting up this system will automatically verify the rights generation of a piece of written works, which has conventionally proven difficult.”

The solution is currently in the prototype stage and Sony Global Education is continuously carrying out technological development. Once it is fully developed, Sony intends to commercialize the solution and open up its use to other IP holders.

“Through the technological development and commercialization of blockchains, including with this new system, Sony will continue exploring the possibilities that blockchain technology holds for Sony Group’s diverse and wide-ranging business domains,” Sony said.