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In China, more courts are accepting evidence stored on the blockchain

According to Chinese media, Sichuan and Inner Mongolia have recently announced their first cases involving blockchain-stored evidence.

The Saihan District People’s Court in Hohhot City, Inner Mongolia, accepted a contract kept on a blockchain as evidence in a case involving a loan contract dispute between the plaintiff and the defendant.

The court examined the plaintiff’s and defendant’s evidence using the contract. Then, and reached its decision with no objections from either side.

In a copyright infringement case in Sichuan, the province’s Free Trade Zone Court accepted blockchain-stored evidence. The complainant claimed that the defendant plagiarized musical work and exploited it for financial gain.

The court accepted the plaintiff’s evidence, which the defendant failed to refute. Then, and found the defendant guilty of infringement, ordering the defendant to pay the plaintiff 20,000 yuan (US$3,142) in damages.

In a legal document called Cyber Litigation Regulations, the Supreme People’s Court confirmed the validity of evidence kept on blockchain last August.

In its 2022 work report, China’s Supreme People’s Court stated that 1.71 billion pieces of evidence. Of course, have already been saved on blockchains for judicial cases.

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