Alibaba will use the blockchain to track down copyrighted music

Alibaba will use the blockchain to track down copyrighted music

  • Chinese e-commerce giant, Alibaba, recently patented a new blockchain-based solution.
  • The new system can help the record industry with claiming ownership of music and exposing copycats.
  • Alibaba says that stealing the sound is one of the biggest issues of the industry, and blockchain can solve it

Blockchain use cases continue to pile up, as major corporations keep coming up with new ideas. Of course, there are many of these ideas that are still only theoretical use cases. Some will even stay in that form for a long time, or maybe even forever.

But, thanks to blockchain’s transparency, immutability, and other qualities, plenty of ideas can already be implemented. One example is securing ownership, as well as finding anyone who would use someone else’s intellectual property without permission.

Alibaba patents blockchain-based music originality detector

This is what China-based e-commerce giant, Alibaba, is working on right now. In fact, the company just patented a blockchain-based system for vetting the originality of songs.

The firm got its patent granted by the US Patent and Trademark Office about a week ago, on April 21st. The patent is for the solution that can solve one of the major issues in the recording industry. That is, of course, protecting the copyright of tracks.

Alibaba’s solution is to host and vet that content by using blockchain technology. The blockchain would be comprised of one validation node, as well as multiple music library nodes. In that environment, the validation node would analyze the originality of songs. It would analyze its tempo, tune, and even lyrics, and similar factors. It would then compare it to other songs in the library, and see if there is a match.

The data would then get summarized in a vetting report, which will also be on the blockchain.

Finding originality with blockchain

According to Alibaba, the method could easily expose copycats who manage to slip through the cracks in existing copyright safeguards. They would no longer be able to steal the sound and profit from other people’s work. Alibaba added that “Currently, there is still no platform that can be used to perform a similarity analysis on musical works to identify plagiarized or imitated songs.

But, with blockchain’s analysis, the originality of any song can be easily determined. Meanwhile, music libraries around the world can act as nodes. In other words, the system can remain true to the nature of blockchain and stay fully decentralized.

By Ali Raza
A journalist, with experience in web journalism and marketing. Ali holds a master's degree in finance and enjoys writing about cryptocurrencies and fintech. Ali’s work has been published on a number of cryptocurrency publications. Raza is the co-founder of, too, a site dedicated to educating people on 5G technology.

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