Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering

, Volume 44, Issue 4, pp 3849–3866 | Cite as

Blockchain-Based Framework for Protecting Author Royalty of Digital Assets

  • Nishara Nizamuddin
  • Haya Hasan
  • Khaled SalahEmail author
  • Razi Iqbal
Research Article - Computer Engineering and Computer Science


To date, there is a considerable lack of transparency in the sales of digital assets between the author and providers of the digital assets, which typically leads to denying the authors from receiving their fair share of royalty. This paper proposes a blockchain-based framework and solution for online publishing and sale of digital assets. The solution is based on utilizing smart contracts of Ethereum blockchain to govern the sales of e-books and ensure that the payment is dispersed in cryptocurrency as agreed among the publisher(s) and the author. Our solution handles cases related to incentives for both publishers and customers to ensure integral delivery of the digital books, failure of downloads, and refunds. We provide the full code of the Ethereum smart contract, and we also performed security vulnerability analysis to ascertain that our smart contract is bug free and secure against known attacks and vulnerabilities.


Online book publishing Blockchain Ethereum Smart contract Cybersecurity 


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This research has been funded by ICTFund, UAE. The authors would like to thank the AE and anonymous reviewers for their assessment and valuable feedback which significantly enhanced the quality and the presentation of the paper.


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© King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ECE DepartmentKhalifa UniversityAbu DhabiUAE
  2. 2.College of Computer ITAmerican University in the EmiratesDubaiUAE

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