Frequently Asked Questions

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What kind of things can be copyrighted with Blockai?

Anything that can legally be copyrighted can be claimed with Blockai. Per the U.S. Copyright Office, "Copyright protects original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture. The U.S. Copyright Act uses the term “author” to refer to all types of creators including: writers, composers, visual artists, choreographers, filmmakers, architects, musicians, and computer software programmers."

Copyright does not protect ideas, only the expression of ideas.

Does it cost money to use Blockai?

No. Our goal is to democratize copyright by making it free for everyone to claim and protect their copyright. Copyright monitoring is also free, which may or may not change in the future.

When should I use Blockai?

Ideally you register on Blockai before you publish your work anywhere else for maximum protection. However, if you've already published your work somewhere else you still will benefit from having proof of publication and copyright monitoring by registering with Blockai.

How is Blockai going to make money?

We plan on building ways for artists to make money using our platform. We will take a fair share of the proceeds.

What does Blockai do for me legally?

Blockai gives you "Proof of Publication". This helps you when sending cease and desist orders or DMCA requests. In the U.S.A., to win money in a lawsuit you would need to have registered your copyright with the copyright office. In many other countries registration is not necessary to win money in court.

Please note, we are not lawyers and are not giving you legal advice. Please ask a copyright lawyer if you have any questions!

What is the blockchain?

The blockchain is a distributed database based on the Bitcoin protocol. It maintains a continuously growing list of data records protected against tampering and revision.

Blockai securely timestamps copyright claims on the Bitcoin blockchain. For each copyright claim, a proof file is made available through the footer of the certificate view and can be verified by users using our open source proof verification tool.