I’d never thought about this before, but I can see where using a blockchain system might make some copyright and credit claims easier to sort out.
“What Is Blockchain For Books?
So far, blockchain has attracted most interest as the system that underwrites digital currencies like Bitcoin but it is also likely to underwrite the next disruption in publishing, and likely in a way that will be even more disruptive than the digital revolution.
Blockchain and other hypertext (software systems that allow extensive cross-referencing between related sections of text and associated graphics) supercede copyright protection. Piracy becomes more difficult as the blockchain cryptographically time- and person-stamps the act of publication (and, indeed, of creation through all the stages of the process, if we want). Ownership becomes indisputable.”
However, pirates will still find ways around it. I’m also a little sceptical that it will make IP contracts less onerous. Yes, tracing ownership might be easier, but where there is a will—and lots of money and resources—there will be a way around it.
Still, the idea in interesting, and probably something that direct-to-reader sellers such as Diane Duane and others might be interested in. For those of us who use third-party distribution, it might not be as useful, yet.