The Content Blockchain Project is developing a system for registering digital content and license information on a blockchain. We are also building a crypto-economic license trading prototype for secondary use of digital news content.

The project is an interdisciplinary initiative set out to tackle the triple challenge of developing a solution for content administration, tracking and trading that is practical from a technical, legal and economic point of view. The framework, tools and applications will be developed as open-source software. The foundational components will be designed to kick-start cross-sector innovation in online media. The higher level applications for license trading and content delivery will specifically focus on news journalism. Our aim is to drastically simplify the complex inter-organizational processes of license management, content distribution, first and secondary use as well as monetization of digital content. The Content Chain Project will enable new business models in the news ecosystem that were previously impossible. The Content Blockchain Project received funding from the Digital News Initiative.

Collaborative Partners

The iRights.Lab is an independent think tank to shape strategies and societal changes throughout the digital transition. We cover a triad of technical, legal and strategic expertise in order to make processes of digital change a success.

Craft AG is specialized in developing new business models: from the initial idea to the foundation of a company and actual business operations.

Web Development, eCommerce, DevOps,
Business Process Automation, IaaS

Digital Business Development, Projects, Consulting and International Relations in Publishing.

The Team

Olaf Weicker

Technical Lead

Timon Rapp


Dorian Bartsch


Daniel Clausmeyer


André Hänsel


Alexander Menke


Henner Niehaus


Nikita Nikitin


Patricia Schinke


Marvin Schmies


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