How do you stop your images from being stolen? And if it happens, what can you do about it? Copyright disputes are among the most difficult issues that face working photographers, and in the US, registering copyright is time-consuming and expensive in itself.

Binded CEO Nathan Lands is pitching the service as an easier alternative to traditional means of registering copyright.

He has pledged that Binded will remain a free service, but one that creates a permanent record of copyright, which can be used in the event of a dispute.

'Binded' is a free service that aims to simplify the process of registering - and enforcing - copyright for photographers. When you upload an image to Binded, it creates a digital 'fingerprint' which serves as a permanent record that you own the copyright. This record is then written to the bitcoin blockchain. Binded will then monitor use of the image on the Internet, and automatically notify the copyright holder if it detects unauthorized use.

For now, uploading an image to Binded does not count as an official government registration of copyright in the US. According to CEO Nathan Lands, that's something that he hopes will be added to the service over time.

Previously known as Blockai, the startup has just raised an additional $950,000 in funding from investors, bringing total funding to $1.5 million.

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