By uploading data, the user acknowledges that this data cannot be changed or deleted. Any internet user who knows the unique hash assigned to this data can view and download it. The data is visible worldwide and linked to the uploader within the IPBC database.
Only data that is owned by the user may be uploaded into the IPFS network. The user has to respect copyright laws as well as personal rights, and will be held legally responsible upon breach of these laws and/or rights.
IPBC reserves the right to delete links to data uploaded to the IPFS network if the files do not comply with these rules.
IPBC is not a data center and has no administrative access to the data. IPBC provides access to the public and free IPFS network. Through this access, data can be uploaded without IPBC being able to access or censor it.
All data uploaded to the IPFS network can be viewed by any user who knows the hash of the file. Therefore, all files are always public. When uploading via IPBC, you can decide whether the hash value should be public (anyone can find it via the search engine), should be accessed only by a specific user group (only the users belonging to this group can see the link) or not shared at all (the entry remains private).
If by any chance the hash value of a private or limited file is shared outside of the desired audience, this file is viewable by these people as well. Should files need to be secured, the user must add a password before finishing the upload. With passwords, the data can only be viewed if both the password and the hash value are known. Passwords should be kept safe as it’s impossible to change them.
In order to give data owners the opportunity to generate income with their published data, IPBC has installed crypto-mining software in its interface. Data owners decide when managing their content whether they provide it for free or if users must pay a fee.
Free files can be easily viewed using the browser over at IPBC.io. For paid files, the user will be informed that the content they wish to access is available for a fee. Their consent will be asked in order for the integrated media miner to make use of their PC’s processing power while they are viewing the file. Once consent is given, their PC’s processing power generates IPBC’s cryptocoins. This consent is stored in a cookie and applies to all other paid files until the user deletes the cookie, at which point they will have to renew their approval.
Registered visitors receive a share of the generated cryptocoins if they have set a wallet address. A sharing of the fee between copyright holder and visitor takes place, which gives users a vested interest in viewing data, which in turn increases the revenue potential for content providers.