A new company, Binded, has launched the world’s first copyright platform giving photographers and artists the ability to protect their work free of charge.
The Binded Home Page. (Source: Binded.)
Established by Nathan Lands and Oli Lalonde, Binded was previously known as Blockai, which launched in March 2016. Since that time, Binded has collected more than 10 million copyright records. The new venture has its headquarters in Japantown, San Francisco, and has raised a total of US$1.5 million from investors such as Mistletoe, Vectr Ventures, Asahi Shimbun, Sterling Ventures, Social Starts, M&Y Growth Partners, Tokyo Founders Fund and Scott & Cyan Banister. Commenting on the new company, Nathan Lands, CEO & Co-founder of Binded said, “Copyright is an essential part of our world economy, yet no one has built a modern technology company to make copyright useful on the web”.
Creators of digital content who want to use Binded’s service can upload images to their private copyright vault. For every image uploaded, a unique fingerprint is created and saved permanently on the bitcoin blockchain. The creator receives a copyright certificate with proof of creation.
An example of a Binded certificate. (Source: Binded.)
Once the image has been uploaded, Binded allows the creator of the works to manage and monitor the usage of their copyrights. If an infringement occurs, Binded advises what actions to take. Binded also provides an easy path to register work with the U.S. Copyright Office for additional legal protection and has created tools that integrate its services with Instagram and Twitter. For full details of the service, visit https://binded.com/.