Blockchain powered IP helps artists protect their digital creations

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Image ownership in the internet age is a slippery proposition, with creators previously relying heavily on their fellow web-users to respect their intellectual property. But now a German startup called Ascribe is enabling artists and writers to create unique, trackable, digital copies of their work and verify that it is the definitive version, theoretically protecting it from duplication or unlicensed use. Ascribe helps users register, archive, transfer and track their digital creations, letting them prove the authenticity of their work through official cryptographic certificates, which details the file's ownership history. To begin, users upload their digital file — any photograph,…

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