How does a registration work?
Why is it secure?
Glad that you asked! A registration is a two-step process. First we calculate a so called cryptographic hash digest of your content. Don't feel bad if that sounds like [insert name of language you don't speak here] to you, you don't have to deal with the tech to be able to use the service. In short however, a cryptographic hash digest (or just hash, between friends) is like a unique identification number for your content. Every file, document, text or whatever in the universe has it's own hash, and as long as the content doesn't change, neither does the hash.
The hash is your content id. It is combined with two other pieces of data, one timestamp and one signature, to form a SECOND hash, the registration id. Now, the clever part is that the registration id can ONLY be created by combining the content id, the timestamp and the signature, so it proves that this combination of the three pieces of data has existed. And since the content id can also ONLY be created by your specific content, this second hash proves what was created, when it was registered and who registered it.
WHEN something happened is a very important thing to prove, so to stop anyone from tampering with the timestamps we also publish lists of the hashes of everything that has been registered in the system, together with a third hash that is the content id of the list itself. The fact that these lists are published means that you can't change an old registration, because that would make the list of that period incorrect. And you can't change the list, because that would make the hash of the list incorrect. So to change an old registration in a way that would not be detectable you would have to break into our systems and make the changes there, but you would also have to break into every other system where these lists are published, like Twitter, search engines and so on.
So, armed with an Beatcan Protect © registration you can share documents, images and other digital things that you create with others, secure in the knowledge that you can prove that you had the content first. And that's what we aim for: we want you to dare to share. If you can prove that something belongs to you, the risk of anyone stealing the thing from you is much lower. And if someone does steal your stuff, you have what you need to make them pay.
Why should I trust you?
That depends on what you mean by secure. It's secure in the sense that it provides a very strong evidence though provable cryptographic hash digests (SHA-512 for those of you who like to dig deeper in that kind of thing). It's secure in that modifying the published lists in an undetectable way would require a tremendous amount of work by an attacker, and it's secure because your content doesn't have to be transmitted anywhere. It stays inside your computer, all calculations are made locally using your web browser. Finally it's secure in the sense that we don't have to remain in business for the registrations to remain valid and provable. The security is based on the principles, not in how our implementation of them works.
Will you see my content?
You shouldn't, and you don't have to. You do need to trust math, and math has a pretty strong track record so far. When you register a piece of content in our system you get a "certificate of registration" in return. That certificate contains everything you need to prove that you are the person who registered something and when you did that. The only other thing you need is your original content, so please, please, please make sure that you keep a copy of the things you register.
How can you know that my signature is really my name?
No we will not. We're sure it's good stuff, but we actually prefer not to see it. All hash calculations are done locally in your web browser, and the only thing that is transmitted to us is the hash itself and optional metadata about the content to help you locate it in your content library later. There is one exception to this rule: if you register content by emailing it to us, we will do the calculations within our system. Your content will then be discarded, but will before that have been available to us. So depending on the sensitivity of the content, you might not want to send it over email. And please keep in mind that this applies to all email; anything you send by email is generally sent unencrypted and readable to anyone who can gain access to the transmission.
I forgot my username or password. What can I do?
We can't. And we don't really care. The value of a signature is not that it proves your identity. Instead it's used to let you convince a human judge that what you say is true. Think of it this way: if your name is Balbo Biggins and you sign your registrations that way, you have a pretty strong case if you need to convince someone that you created a registration. And, maybe even more important, a person who is NOT named Balbo Biggins would have a tough time convincing anyone that he chose to use a signature that is clearly not his name. If the two of you were to appear in front of a judge it's pretty clear who that judge is going to believe. So please feel free to chose any signature you like (you can even use different signatures for different registrations), but make sure to select a signature that is clearly more likely to be used by you than by anyone else.
Also, please keep in mind that signatures become public once they are used in a registration. That means that you should only use information that you want to share with the world as your signature.
If I modify the content slightly, won't that fool your system?
You can use your registered username or email address as your username. If you forgot your password, click the "Forgot Password" button on the login page. If you receive an error message after attempting to login, please contact us, and give us the exact message that you received to help us identify the problem.
Can I use a registration in your system instead of a patent?
Well, yes. The slightest change to a file would give it a completely different Content ID. But that's not how the system works. Instead it works by providing you with proof of when YOUR content was registered. If you find a slightly modified version of your content somewhere, you can show a judge that your registered content is very similar to the copy, and that's how you prove that the original content is yours. And since you have the original, your time stamp would be older than the time stamp of the modified copy, if that copy was registered too. And by the way, we use the term "judge" loosely here; the point of having irrefutable proof of your registration is that it might save you a trip to the court. Presented with your proof anyone who has used your content without your consent is probably more likely to settle before the case goes to court.
How do I cancel my account?
No, not at all. A patent is guaranteed by a government, and is a legally enforceable thing. An Beatcan Protect © registration is just a document that helps you make your case when it comes to proving that you are the creator of something. But patents are not for everyone, and do not apply at all to many types of digital content. Take a digital photograph of something as an example. You can't patent a picture at all, but you automatically own the copyright to your picture, because you are the photographer. However, owning the copyright is one thing. PROVING that you own the copyright is quite another, and that's where an Beatcan Protect © registration comes in by letting you prove that you had a copy of that picture before anyone else.
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