Tuesdays the PTO issues new patents. Both of this week's Spotlight Patents concern aspects of digital rights management. Assigned to Demand Media, the first patent addresses techniques for dynamic digital rights bundling. Assigned to Sony (JP), the second patent addresses an information recording medium and information processing method for accessing content with license or copyright protection.
8,713,696, "Method and system for dynamic digital rights bundling," assigned to Demand Media, Inc.
Methods and systems for dynamically bundling portions into secured destination files are provided. Example embodiments provide a Dynamic Digital Rights Bundling System ("DDRBS"), which dynamically bundles a set of portions each variously containing digital rights management components, user interface controls, and content, into a secured destination file in response to a designated content request. In one embodiment, the DDRBS comprises a bundling engine, a translation engine, a merging engine, and an assortment of data repositories. These components cooperate to dynamically assemble and provide customized secured destination files comprising the requested content together with specialized user interface and digital rights management controls. This abstract is provided to comply with rules requiring an abstract, and it is submitted with the intention that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims.
8,712,048, "Information recording medium and information processing method for accessing content with license or copyright protection," assigned to Sony (JP).
There are provided an information recording medium, an information processing apparatus, an information processing method, and a computer program, which can realize users' convenience for using content in accordance with a license and copyright protection. An information recording medium stores an encrypted content file including encrypted content, usage right information of the encrypted content, and encryption key information necessary for a decrypting process for the encrypted content. Thus, a user can acquire a license (usage right information) and key information necessary for decryption of the content, together with the content, from the information recording medium, without acquiring the license (usage rights) by connection to a license provider. Therefore, it is no longer necessary to perform a process of acquiring the license (usage rights) from the license provider when the content is to be used, whereby user convenience is improved, and license-based content copyright management can also be ensured.