I have to admit, I am a big fan of Ascribe.io. Authenticating and tracking copyright ownership to digital art has been an problem. Now there is a solution.
I have used Ascribe.io to register my own digital artwork and it is a simple process.
You can't fight the physics of bits, but if your work is copied, you now have the ability to document the provencance and prove ownership of the work in order to negotiate compensation, or defend your claim in court.
Ascribe uses blockchain technology to register a unique ownership "key" for each work. The artist can also register each piece in a limited edition with a key unique to that piece. You don't have to understand blockchain or bitcoin to use this service.
This is a lengthy video, but well worth the time if you are an artist working. Trent McConaghy, CTO of Ascribe.io, details the benefits of digital owrnership processing, and discusses access vs. ownership. The video is produced by Epicenter Bitcoin.
"The idea of using the Bitcoin blockchain to represent and track the ownership of off-chain assets is almost as old as Bitcoin itself. One of the startups that is pursuing this vision is Berlin-based Ascribe, which allows creators to register ('ascribe'), transfer and archive digital art. Ascribe CTO Trent McConaghy joined us for a fascinating discussion of their ambitious goals to enable a so-far elusive secondary market for digital art, help creators monetize their work and ultimately retrofit an entire ownership layer to the internet."