Enigio’s time:beat timestamping solution has proven a valuable tool when it comes to proving the provenance of any type of digital data. So much so, that the solution is quickly getting adopted across different fields. Below are the organisations that have embraced the technology. At their websites, STIM encourages, for instance, music producers to use time:beat and Syrian Archive shows the importance of securing documentation by timestamping it.
The Syrian Archive is a non-profit organisation under Mnemonic, which leverages Enigio’s time:beat in its process of archiving disappearing digital material. Established in 2014, the Syrian Archive works with Syrian reporters and documentation groups to preserve digital information on the Syrian conflict.
Such data included images, videos, and other postings that have proven invaluable historical artifacts and potential evidence of human rights violations.
The organisation investigates human rights violations in Syria by going through archived data, interviewing people, and requesting FOIAs. So far, the Syrian Archive’s investigations have featured in international news media outlets and are currently being used in ongoing court cases. When receiving that data, it is ingested into the archive and timestamped using time:beat in order to prove that the data has not been tampered since it was archived.
STIM is a non-profit organisation that seeks to ensure its 90,000-plus rightsholders and music publishers get royalties whenever their music is played. The Swedish music industry currently has conditions for creativity and regrowth. As such, STIM aims to ascertain strong copyright laws are in place.
Proving music ownership and copyright can be a daunting task. Traditional ways of proving ownership involved artists sending a demo of the music, lyrics, or notes to themselves by registered mail, keeping the proof of receipt, and leaving the package unopened.
However, this option does not effectively prove that an artist wrote the music or lyrics, seeing as it only gives the artist an advantage of arguing their case with the backing of a postmark date in the event of a dispute. To help its clients prove ownership, STIM encourages its clients to use time:beat, which proves their possession of a data file at a specific time by acting as a digital notary service.