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Authorship token

What is Authorship token?

Authorship token is a proof of authorship that any user can mint over original content they publish on the 1TM platform.
It is a non-transferable token, made with ERC-1155 standard on Ethereum. Authors can use it as an immutable proof of authorship to protect their authorship against potential plagiarism and copyright infringement.

What is it for?

It can be only minted by authors who are whitelisted by the lead author. Once minted, the token will be permanently attached to their wallet as they are not transferable. Thus authors can use it as immutable proof of authorship to protect their authorship against potential plagiarism and copyright infringement.
“Creators work hard on their projects and put a lot of time and effort into them. It can be disheartening when someone steals their creative works without permission. Many creators have concerns about people stealing their creative works. Some take measures to protect their work, while others feel that it is not worth the hassle. Either way, it is important to be aware of the potential for theft and take steps to prevent it.”

Why is it better?

There are several common yet ineffective ways that authors often try to prove their ownership of work with limited or no success.
Some creators would seal a physical copy of the work in an envelope and mail it to themselves. These common and traditional attempts to prove ownership and date of creation are not as effective as creators might expect due to the ease with which the evidence can be tampered with and altered. A similar attempt is to use the time/date stamp on a computer file to verify the creation date; this too is corruptible as the electronic details can be altered. Another common way that creators attempt to verify the proof of ownership and date of creation is by emailing the work to themselves or a friend; again this is an unreliable method as the time/date can be altered and would need to be backed up by the email service provider.
Some professional creators would draft a proof of authorship document and have it notarized for legalization. Or use a proof-of-authorship service to get an encrypted token issued by a third-party company. While these are rather efficient ways, these services are less accessible and more costly.
Blockchain stores data in time/date stamped blocks identified by digital signatures called a hash. Once full to its data capacity a new block is created and linked back to the previous block by storing the hash value of the block before, thus ensuring that each block is linked in an unrelenting chain in its exact order of creation. Placing your work and authorship data onto a blockchain is the most secure and easy way to prove your authorship.