understanding Bitcoin blockchain timestamping


"A timestamp is a sequence of characters or encoded information identifying when a certain event occurred, usually giving date and time of day, sometimes accurate to a small fraction of a second."

protecting your music

protecting your music is a real concern, especially in pre-release creative phase.
the "what if" can be paralyzing and sending a sealed envelop to yourself every time you have a new version of a song isn't feasable.

digital timestamping via the Bitcoin blockchain

please let us help you in this matter!
when you upload your audio to producerDesk, we give you the option to have it timestamped, for free, using the Bitcoin blockchain, hence creating a "proof of the existence" for your music.


how does a (Bitcoin) blockchain work?


how does the process work on producerDesk?

here is a high-level description of the process:

step 1

your audiofile with metadata

you create a song and drag and drop your audio file so as to create a new version.
the file is uploaded to our servers and analyzed. if metadata was found embedded in your file, producerDesk will show you what it found. if it is correct, enter a name for this new version and press the "create" button.

drag and drop your file here

step 2

using hash algorithm we generate digital fingerprint

producerDesk creates a digital fingerprint of your audio file, using an algorithm called sha256. the result is called a "hash", a unique sequence of 40 characters that only that exact audio file can produce.

note: from the 40-character hash, it is not possible to regenerate your file, but comparing the hash to your file will certify that your file produced that hash.

example of file information

step 3

Bitcoin blockchain

producerDesk sends the hash (that digital fingerprint) to OpenTimeStamps's servers. they periodically merge a batch of digital fingerprints together (see Merkel Tree) and post the resulting hash inside a Bitcoin blockchain transaction. when we get confirmation that this is done, we send you a confirmation email and publish the song version on producerDesk.

example of timestamping information for a song version

when the day comes...

some industry specialists will tell you that it is actually a good thing to get your music stolen. in their thought process, it means that:

  • it is worth stealing
  • you can prove it is yours (since you used producerDesk's timestamping) and get proceeds

more seriously...

if, at any later date, you need to prove your audio file's existence at a given time in the past, you can use producerDesk or OpenTimeStamps or any other Bitcoin blockchain index to show a third party that the hash there corresponds to your file and its metadata and therefore existed at the date specified in the Bitcoin blockchain.


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