Sony reveals new blockchain digital rights project

October 15, 2018
Chris Wheal

Tech giant Sony has revealed it is working on a blockchain-powered extension of its digital rights management system.

According to a report in Coin Telegraph, the project is a joint endeavour with both Sony Music Entertainment Japan and Sony Global Education.

The as yet unnamed project specifically targets “managing rights-related information of written works”, a Sony press release explains.

The announcement comes just a year after Sony announced its original blockchain product for education data, in partnership with fellow tech giant IBM.

A year ago Sony announced a blockchain product for educational data in partnership with IBM

According to Sony this “new system” is built off of Sony and Sony Global education’s previously developed system for “authenticating, sharing, and rights management of educational data, and additionally features functionality for processing rights-related information.”

The complex process of protecting digital rights from falsification has led to a host of blockchain projects being developed, each targeting a slightly different niche area.

The exact nature of the blockchain to be used by Sony, meanwhile, remains unclear, with the company describing the technology more generally as a way to “record verifiable information in a difficult to falsify way.”

The company added that it is: “Also considering innovative ways to make use of blockchain technology for information management and data distribution in a host of different fields.”

Post written by Chris Wheal
Chris Wheal is editor of OpenLedger's news and features service. An award-wining business journalists himself, he runs a team of freelance journalists from across the UK and north America.

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