The storing of evidence by a plaintiff in a blockchain platform has shown the Hangzhou internet court how blockchain technology can be used to solve challenges experienced with evidence file in their courts. This is after a recent case where the plaintiff used blockchain to store evidence and presented it in an Eastern Hangzhou internet court.
How the Court Works
The internet court works just like any other court and starts with the plaintiff launching a case in the internet court. The only difference is the courts accept case filing electronically together with the evidence. Apart from that, the court proceedings are streamed live, and judgment issued the same way. To verify the identity of the plaintiff an Alipay account or government issued id is used.
For Hangzhou, it has a large number of writers at writer’s village in Binjiang District, and the challenge these writers experience is concerning ownership rights. Previous the writers had to use screenshots or download content and use the materials to prove they are the real owners of the work. But the evidence can be easily forged which means they can’t be used to justify the writer’s work has been plagiarized. But for blockchain, it gets rid of all the above issues because it’s an open distributed ledger that is decentralized.
Before proposing the use of blockchain technology, Hangzhou internet court had to first recognize blockchain as a means of storing evidence after a plaintiff used it. The latter a firm based in Hangzhou sued a Shenzhen-based tech firm for using its content without their knowledge. The plaintiff went ahead and captured the webpage alongside the source code used and stored the evidence in a bitcoin blockchain. The data proved to be beneficial in Hangzhou internet court after the court accepted it as evidence. Furthermore, according to Wang Jiangqiao, a judge at Hangzhou internet court blockchain technology will help not only writers but other people who file cases in internet courts because it is tamper proof. Moreover, Judge Jiangqiao believes other features of blockchain will help track any case of infringement, time of creation, and authorship.
For China, the revolution brought about by technology has led to issues arising leading to court cases. To solve these cases China come up with three online courts including Hangzhou. The remaining two are in Guangzhou and Beijing.