Decentralized E-Learning Marketplace: Managing Authorship and Tracking Access to Learning Materials Using Blockchain

  • Patrick OchejaEmail author
  • Brendan Flanagan
  • Hiroaki Ogata
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 1227)


The difficulty in protecting and enforcing Intellectual Property (IP) rights has been a major obstacle to sharing intellectual works in digital forms. In this work, we present a prototype design for a decentralized e-learning market-place where teachers, authorized publishers and authors can publish their learning materials, establish conditions for allowing access, and grant or revoke access based on adherence or infringement of their rights. Using the Blockchain of Learning Logs (BOLL) and a digital book reader (BookRoll), we demonstrate how authors can be empowered to deploy smart contracts that protect and enforce these rights on their intellectual works in a distributed manner. We particularly use the blockchain in order to enable trust, trace-ability, rights protection, transparency and collaboration between authors and users of their work with no third party interference. Finally, we examine the implications of our proposed design, its limitations and directions for future work.


Intellectual Property Copyright elearning Education privacy Security Blockchain Smart contract BOLL Bookroll 



This work was partly supported by JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (S)16H06304 and NEDO Special Innovation Program on AI and Big Data 18102059-0.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Patrick Ocheja
    • 1
    Email author
  • Brendan Flanagan
    • 2
  • Hiroaki Ogata
    • 2
  1. 1.Graduate School of InformaticsKyoto UniversitySakyo-Ku, KyotoJapan
  2. 2.Academic Center for Computing and Media Studies, Kyoto UniversitySakyo-Ku, KyotoJapan

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