Design Scheme of Copyright Management System Based on Digital Watermarking and Blockchain

Zhaoxiong Meng, Tetsuya Morizumi, Sumiko Miyata, Hirotsugu Kinoshita

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In the past, the improvement of digital copyright protection system based on digital watermarking mainly focused on algorithms, while generation and storage of the watermark information was ignored. In this paper, a new design scheme of copyright management system based on digital watermarking and its information, such as blockchain, is proposed, which combines digital watermarking, blockchain, perceptual hash function, Quick Response(QR) code, and InterPlanetary File System(IPFS). Among them, blockchain is used to securely store watermark information and provide timestamp authentication for multiple watermarks (multiple copyrights) to confirm the creation order. Perceptual hash function is used to generate hash value based on the structure information of images, that watermark information can be confirmed without the original image. QR code is used to generate QR code images containing image hash and copyright information as watermark images to improve robustness and capacity of digital watermarking; IPFS is used to store and distribute watermarked images without a centralized server. This scheme can enhance the effectiveness of digital watermarking technology in the field of copyright protection. In this way, use P2P network to integrate and complete copyright management and distribution of copyrighted works without requiring a trusted third party. Nodes rely on cryptography to confirm the identity of each other and ensure the security of information. It can reduce information leakage, data destruction and other risks caused by collapse of the centralized system in the past. This improves the security and transparency of information, and speeds up the distribution of copyrighted works to facilitate circulation in the network. This scheme can also improve copyright protection of multiple creations. Combine blockchain and multiple digital watermarks to record copyright information of every copyright owner in the authoring process and fully prove this information. In order to protect the legitimate rights and interests of each copyright owner.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2018 IEEE 42nd Annual Computer Software and Applications Conference, COMPSAC 2018
EditorsClaudio Demartini, Sorel Reisman, Ling Liu, Edmundo Tovar, Hiroki Takakura, Ji-Jiang Yang, Chung-Horng Lung, Sheikh Iqbal Ahamed, Kamrul Hasan, Thomas Conte, Motonori Nakamura, Zhiyong Zhang, Toyokazu Akiyama, William Claycomb, Stelvio Cimato
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781538626665
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jun 8
Event42nd IEEE Computer Software and Applications Conference, COMPSAC 2018 - Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 2018 Jul 232018 Jul 27

Publication series

NameProceedings - International Computer Software and Applications Conference
ISSN (Print)0730-3157


Other42nd IEEE Computer Software and Applications Conference, COMPSAC 2018


  • Blockchain
  • Copyright management
  • Digital watermarking
  • IPFS
  • Perceptual hash function
  • QR code

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Science Applications


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