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Blockchain - Decentraliserad immaterialrätt
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies, JMK.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies, JMK.
2017 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study aims to examine how blockchain technology can be used to represent and transfer assets without the need for a third party. Assets are defined as intellectual property (IP). Current research on different IPs and the blockchain are based off of theory, rather than practical application. Which is why we sought to interview experts working with blockchain technology, to learn how the application of blockchain is used today. We interviewed three experts, two of them currently working with blockchain technology and IPs and one expert working with copyright and infringement questions online. The basis of questions for our interviews were based on previous works on blockchain by Tapscott & Tapscott (2016) and Melanie Swan (2015). They claim that blockchain is about to change the internet to be based on value instead of information. In addition, that we are facing the next paradigm shift in how blockchain technology can be applied as an economic overlayer in a majority of decentralized transactions. Our results were then analyzed using theories from Kitchin & Dodge (2011) who claim that we codify our environment which creates a specific space called Code/Space. Meaning that a room changes when code and space are in a dyadic relationship. We also applied theories from Lessig (2006), who claims that Code is Law, the active regulator online. Lessig (2006) refers to the idea of how code can be used to either substitute or replace traditional legislation. Our results show that the blockchain can be used to represent all types of assets. However, blockchain will not supply any means to stop illegal filesharing or counterfeiting of goods. The blockchain is a powerful tool for any creator to prove copyright ownership using a protocol called Proof of Existence. This protocol creates a hash of any file with a timestamp and stores the information on the blockchain. Proof of Existence can therefore be used in multiple legal settings to assist current legislation in proving ownership of any work. Many of the potential usages, regarding blockchain technology and assets, from Tapscott & Tapscott (2016) and Swan (2015) are not yet in use. Our experts are not sure how blockchain technology will be applied in the future. They are however, optimistic and confident that the blockchain will have a big impact on our society.

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2017. , 37 p.
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Blockchain, immaterialrätt, tillgångar, kod är lag, smart contracts, smart property, coloured coins
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Media and Communications
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-143817OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-143817DiVA: diva2:1104620
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Available from: 2017-06-30 Created: 2017-06-01 Last updated: 2017-06-30Bibliographically approved

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