San Francisco
09 August 2017
Reporter: Barney Dixon

Binded announces US Copyright Office integration


Blockchain-based copyright protection startup Binded (previously Blockai) has introduced one-click registration with the US Copyright Office.

Users can now upload their art or picture to Binded’s website, then with one click can pay to register their copyright.

Binded co-founder and CEO Nathan Lands says that what used to take 20 minutes on copyright.gov will now take only 9 seconds on Binded.

Previously, creators would have to pay between $150 and more $1,000 to register their copyright through a third party, according to Binded. Otherwise, they would have to test “their own patience by trying to figure out the copyright office’s website”.

Binded’s new service means that the creator will only pay their copyright office fees, with Binded not profiting from the registration. This cost can range from $35 for a single image to $55 for a batch of images.

After the user has been charged, Binded puts the images into a queue to be filed at the US Copyright Office. Users then receive a receipt and a confirmation record.

Copyright Office applications usually take around six to eight months.

Lands said: “This is a great step towards Binded delivering on our promise to make copyright simple.”

“Creators will continue to make their copyright registrations for free on the bitcoin blockchain. But, if they want the extra protection that a US Copyright registration provides, they can now easily do that too using Binded.”

“We’ve made copyright registrations simpler than ever before,” he added.

Binded launched nearly a year ago under the name Blockai and promised to “democratise copyright”.

The original platform is built on blockchain technology, a distributed database based on the bitcoin protocol. On top of its new Copyright Office integration, Binded uses blockchain to create a permanent timestamp of content creation, protected from any form of tampering or revision.

Binded also monitors the web for potential infringement of a user’s copyright.

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