On Thursdays the USPTO publishes pending patent applications. Both of today's Spotlight Applications concern aspects of digtial rights management. Assigned to Disney, the first application discloses techniques for interoperable digital rights management. Assigned to AT&T, the second application discloses techniques for distributing digital content using DRM.
20120224696, "Interoperable Digital Rights Management," assigned to Disney Enterprises Inc.
The subject matter disclosed herein relates to a method and/or system for enabling access to media content using different digital rights management formats. [first claim:] A method of for use by an authorization server to provide a client device access to an encrypted media content in a media disc, the method comprising: receiving product information associated with the media disc and the client device; using the product information associated with the media disc and the client device to locate a key associated with a first digital rights management (DRM) format of a plurality of DRM formats, wherein the first DRM format is compatible with the client device for decrypting the encrypted media content using the key; providing the key associated with the first DRM format to the client device for decrypting the encrypted media content using the key.
20120222138, "Methods, Systems & Products for Distributing Digital Content," assigned to AT&T.
Methods, systems, and products distribute digital content based on digital rights license. A digital file may be fragmented into a plurality of unusable fragments. Each unusable fragment is separately unusable. Each unusable fragment may be tagged with a tag to generate tagged unusable fragments. The digital rights license is generated based on the tag, such that the tagged unusable fragments may be reassembled into the digital file.