Developing a free copyright registration plugin for Blender. How to protect my art from being stolen

The art piracy is soaring as stealing digital art is as simple as a few clicks, so our team decided to develop a plugin that registers copyright for 3d models inside Blender software. There is a long thread about Blender art being stolen and sold on marketplaces describing all the issues regarding digital art protection from being stolen WARNING: Open Sea user stealing Blender Forum Posts to sell as NFTs (Solved)

Instead of watermarks and other protection tools that seem to not work we protect the owner’s IP rights so even if the model gets stolen the owners still has their copyright protected.

The file and its versions and information about the owner and the date/time of creation are registered on the blockchain which provides immutable lifetime record. It is done inside Blender, and has a connected asset management interface to view all the registered models and generate public and private ownership certificates. So all the data about your works is stored in one place (on the blockchain which is impossible to forge).

Ownership certificates will simplify takedown procedure as creators will have a firm proof of ownership and give you an advantage in possible disputes.

We made these certificates verifiable online so posting them on your website will give credibility and make it clear for everyone that you are the rightful owner. The ownership certificate can be shared privately to the buyer.

We believe that if marketplaces would require some ownership proof before allowing anyone sell the art would help to avoid uncontrolled piracy.

You can look up for more info here

This is not our core project but a non-profit so we’ll provide it for free.

We are in Alpha stage now so your feedback would be just in time.

Thoughts? Suggestions?

Not lifetime. As long as the server stays up:

What happens if a mutable NFT server goes down? If the server goes down, your NFT becomes “empty” . You still own the NFT itself, as in: there’s a place on the blockchain that says you own “Item #123”, but “Item #123” doesn’t exist, it points nowhere. The URL just returns an error.

This isn’t accounting for human error:

Or hacking:

Blockchain isn’t copyright, a registered copyright with the government is the only way to protect IP rights. IP rights are violated every day by the blockchain:

It’s false advertising and misleading to describe this as “free copyright protection” when it, in fact, offers no legal protection whatsoever. To anyone who sees this thread, do yourself a favor and educate yourself about how IP laws actually work. This solution or any other non-official solution will not protect your copyright in a court of law.

Indeed, some education is needed regarding blockchain use case for protecting intellectual property rights. This why the World Intellectual Property Organization is pushing blockchain as a game-changing technology for IP protection and released a 189-page white paper on Blockchain technologies and IP ecosystems:

A short abstract:

Copyright and related rights

Original creative works are protected without the need for registration or formal requirements. However, in some instances, right holders may voluntarily register the works in copyright registries as a proof of authorship and/or ownership, the date of generation to justify protection and to facilitate management and economic exploitation of their copyright.

Blockchain technologies may also facilitate the automation of processes and systems used by collective management organizations (CMOs), and information access by potential users. This latter example could be also implemented via the use of non-fungible tokens (NFTs). Further, smart contract solutions may facilitate additional patterns for negotiating licenses either individually or collectively by CMOs or other entities.

Blockchain solutions facilitate user access to both digital content and identification of the actors involved in the process that goes from its generation to where it is accessible to the public. The use of blockchain may facilitate the calculation of royalties for collection from users and how these royalties have to be distributed among the different right holders.

Finally, similar to industrial property rights, copyright and related rights can be tokenized and used as bonds to finance artistic projects. In practice the application of smart contract and blockchain solutions in this context creates a technical continuum between licensing, other contractual practices and technological protection measures for original literary and artistic works on the one hand and for other non-original digital content on the other.

Protection and access to digital data

Blockchain technologies can provide efficient solutions to protect data. Having in mind the uncertainties that exist in relation to its protection under the current IP rights regimes, tokenization could provide solutions to ensure that data sets and their owners are clearly identified and kept confidential, and that only authorized users can make use of proprietary data. For instance, where reasonable measures to maintain secrecy of data have been taken and other requirements fulfilled, the adoption of these measures along with the use of smart contracts would allow holders of undisclosed information to claim protection of that data as trade secrets in case of unlawful appropriation.

IP right enforcement

An essential challenge for participants in IP ecosystems is the enforcement of their IP rights before judicial courts, administrative bodies, custom authorities or institutions providing alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services. The use of smart contracts may reduce litigation in so far as performance of the obligations takes place, while the contract can be automatically terminated once the software detects that a condition is either met or not met anymore.

In case of disputes, blockchain solutions can help to secure evidence in relation to ownership and time of content generation. In case of disputes concerning licenses on digital assets, it may also provide evidence on unauthorized use by third parties, thereby enabling blockchain solutions to be more easily introduced in ADR institutions. Lastly, blockchain applications may considerably impact the prevention of counterfeiting and piracy.

*IP rights are violated every day by the blockchain

The blockchain technology, like every technology, is simply a tool, but it depends how it is used. Just like nuclear power. Some use it to violate IP rights, and some to protect them. The value of the technology was acknowledged by the EU in its Blockchain Strategy, otherwise they would not invest hundreds of millions into its development