Consulting on Digital Innovation, Building Applications on Decentralized Ledgers

Posth Werk offers strategic consulting on digital innovation, corporate digital development, as well as product and project management with competence in implementing tailored solutions for media organizations in the fields of web3, NFTs, SSI (DIDs and VCs), and digital media publishing and distribution.

For many years we have worked together with media organizations, publishers, intermediaries, retailers, and academic institutions on implementing digital strategies, building services and applications to drive innovation in the media businesses.

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Comment on the study on “Intellectual Property Rights and Distributed Ledger Technology with a focus on art NFTs and tokenised art”

My comment on the study on “Intellectual Property Rights and Distributed Ledger Technology with a focus on art NFTs and tokenised art”, commissioned by European Parliament‘s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the JURI Committee – with a focus on 1. the myth of automated royalty payments and 2. copyright violations through right-click-minting.

This study should be discussed more broadly. Apart from some inaccuracies, it actually sketches a good but very discouraging scene of the current NFT market for rightsholders.

My main conclusions:

1. Creators expect or even demand royalty payments (indeed a creator fee), while they actually provide no hint or means to even remotely apply licenses or copyright law to the NFTs.

2. It might also be an intentional decision not to provide any rights management information or licenses for the creative work representing the NFT to keep copyright discourse and regulation at distance.

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VeriSimpleDC receives EU Funding

Posth Werk has been selected to receive funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 957228 for the VeriSimpleDC project.

VeriSimpleDC aims to define a protocol and create an exemplary user application that supports verifiable, simple declarations of content ownership, metadata and rights management information – based on the ISCC, a new standard for decentralized digital content identification. 

To verify claims to the content and create trust in assertions, the project wants to introduce publicly accessible, verifiable, simple credentials that can help to identify creators and rightsholders based on social or institutional authentication.

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ISCC in the context of the Copyright Infrastructure

This is the recording of my presentation of the ISCC in the context of the World Intellectual Property Organization – WIPO Webinars on the the Copyright Infrastructure.

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The Digital Sovereign in the Age of Cryptography

Protocols and technologies such as blockchain, cryptographic hashing and public key cryptography make it possible to digitally sign and thereby appropriate certain rights and identities. The digital signature is the act of digital sovereignty, a new authority and control over a persistent and indissoluble bond that is able to link identities and self-descriptions, works and metadata.

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Liccium Rights Engine

Liccium is a search engine for verifiable metadata and rights management information of digital media content. It allows rightsholders in a decentralized way to digitally sign their works, creating trust in assertions, claims and the authenticity of the original content.

ISCC - International Standard Content Code

Freely accessible standard identifiers, which are specifically designed to manage digital content, are a fundamental prerequisite for efficient transactions in a decentralized and increasingly heterogeneous media environment. The ISCC (International Standard Content Code) is a new, open, content-derived identifier designed for digital media content: ISO/CD 24138 by ISO TC 46/SC 9/WG 18.

Decentralization and Scarcity — Blockchain and the Cultural Industries

In 2019 I wrote a post on the structural implications of blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies for the creative community in a truly decentralized media environment. It tries to give a brief outlook on the future of business models, services and applications for writers and artists as well as for other professionals within the cultural industries and institutions.

The post has been published by the Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) in the AC/E Digital Culture Yearbook 2019 in Spanish language on May 8, 2019. You can download the e-book for free.


Occasionally, I blog about digital media and publishing in the 21st century, the time of digital transition. The posts on this blog are intended to accompany digital change in the media industry, providing background knowledge and specialist information as well as analyses of digital topics.

Bitcoin Whitepaper – Onepager A2 Poster

On 31 October 2008, a link to a paper authored by Satoshi Nakamoto titled 'Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System' was posted to a cryptography mailing list. This publication triggered a revolution in banking and the financial industries. The dynamics of...

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The Open Content Certification Protocol (OCCP)

The Open Content Certification Protocol (OCCP) suggests a process to create and verify content certificates by using open, content-derived, decentralised content identifier technology on public blockchain networks.

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