Iran’s Ministry of Guidance announces the establishment of a Blockchain-based copyright system

Soraya Nildarar
Written by Soraya Nildarar

The head of the IT and Digital Media center at the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance in Iran has declared that the center plans to establish a system to protect copyright, using blockchain technology.

According to Ista news agency; The second event of the digital entrepreneurship link with the culture and art startups was held at the ministry of guidance’s conference hall, with the collaboration of the Cooperatives, labor, and Social Welfare ministry. Deputy director of entrepreneurship development and employment department at the Ministry of Cooperatives, Labor and Social Welfare, Isa Mansouri, as well as the owners of the top 30 art and culture startups, had participated in this event.

During the event, Seyyed Morteza Mousavian described the process of activities in this field:

There are now a few licenses that have been created as accreditations for cyber-businesses. These licenses have caused a set of problems for the businesses, which are going to be addressed at a meeting with The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Finance. It has been decided for the licenses to become merged into a single certificate.

In response to a question about the state of business insurance and income tax for culture and art startups, Mousavian stated:

In 1393 (2014 in the Gregorian calendar), a Memorandum of Understanding was signed on Digital Cultural Business Taxes between the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Finance. According to the memorandum, institutions licensed by the Center for Information Technology and Digital Media, are exempted from paying the taxes.

Morteza Mousavian

Mousavian added:

In this respect, The Legal Affairs Center for Information Technology and Digital Media can assist the institutions which are facing issues in arriving at a solution.

The Adviser to the Minister of Guidance has indicated during a speech that Digital cultural businesses can be operated from home as per the article 132 of the law:

Digital cultural businesses can be legally operated from home, and not necessarily from an independent office.

Mousavian also talked about an upcoming episodic television program called “Tar gard”, which is going to be broadcast on channel 2 for a total of 20 episodes. Culture and art startups will be also introduced in some parts of the show.

Emphasizing the revision of old business rules

The Senior Adviser to guidance minister also spoke of new regulations to develop and facilitate start-ups, break economic surplus, and eliminate some of the current licenses. The regulations will be introduced in a month at most.

Hossein Entezami highlighted how important the new term of “regulatory management” is:

In order to fulfill this purpose, we need to increase the private sector’s participation in this area by reforming the laws which are at least 40 or 50 years old and do not contain a proper definition for new businesses.

The guidance ministry has also announced plans to establish a blockchain-based copyright protection system.

At the beginning of the session, the representatives of the leading arts and culture startups addressed some of the most important problems that new cultural startups face, including copyright infringement, nepotism in issuing licenses, and collecting taxes from new cultural startups.

At the end of the meeting, it was decided to create a joint Task Force to solve these problems. The startups’ representatives, the ministry of culture and Islamic guidance, and the Ministry of Cooperatives, Labor, and Social Welfare will be part of this working group.

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