Chinese courts have recognized Blockchain-based evidence as suitable for use in legal proceedings in a landmark case commentators are saying “has huge implications.”
Court: ‘New’ Tech Should Not Get Unfair Treatment A judgement from the Internet Court of Hangzhou translated on social media by Messari head of business development Katherine Wu June 29 confirmed a defendant had used Blockchain to prove innocence.
“This court is of the opinion that when the issue at hand involves blockchain technology, an open and neutral attitude must be adopted,” the judgement then ruled. The move marks a significant vote of confidence in decentralized blockchains from China, where authorities have been attempting to define their position on the technology this year. The Hangzhou case involved accusations of copyright theft, the defendant producing evidence from the Bitcoin and FACTOM blockchains to demonstrate no such theft could have occurred.
“The defendant had hashed the relevant data onto the relevant chains & proved by way of timestamp that infringement would’ve been impossible,” Wu reports. Beyond the legal implications, however, Wu forecasts the events represent a more fundamental shift in attitudes towards “new” technological phenomena, quoting a part of the judgement in which lawmakers state: We should not reject or impose higher standards simply because it involves new technology.
China Raises Eyebrows
Efforts by central government to get a grip on Blockchain had previously extended to issuing ratings of various international projects from the industry, as well as cryptocurrencies themselves. Those ratings had caused controversy from the outset, as Bitcoin failed to make the top ten of twenty-six assets under review, the top spot falling to Ethereum and EOS in the first two editions.
At the same time, regulators have confirmed they will issue country-wide Blockchain “standards” by the end of 2019. Despite occasional hopes, however, there remains little prospect of a full U-turn on the official ban affecting cryptocurrency trading, ICOs and other aspects of the cryptoeconomy.