The PTO issues new patents on Tuesdays. Both of today's Spotlight Patents concern aspects of digital rights management. Assigned to DirecTV, the first patent addresses techniques for managing digital rights for content. Assigned to Intel, the second patent addresses a media service delivery system providing conditional access to media content from various client devices.
8,745,654, "Method and system for managing digital rights for content," Assigned to DirecTV.
A method and system for providing digital rights to a user device is set forth. The user device forms a selection signal from guide data. The user device communicates a digital rights determination signal to a first authentication module in response to selecting. The first authentication module communicates a query signal to a second authentication module to determine whether the user device is authorized to receive content associated with the selection signal. The second authentication module communicates an address of a content delivery module to the user device through the first authentication module when the user device is authorized. A digital rights management server communicates a request for content to a content delivery module using the address of the content delivery module. The content delivery module communicates content to the user device corresponding to the selection signal. The user device displays content on the display associated with the user device.
8,738,789, "Media service delivery system providing conditional access to media content from various client devices," assigned to Intel.
A system for protecting the digital rights of content owners allows digital media to be delivered to only those media rendering client devices that have been approved for the media content. Before delivering requested media, the media service provider may determine whether the media rendering client device that requested the media is the type of device that is authorized to receive the request media. If it is, the media service provider may transmit the media to a middleman server over a network (such as the Internet). A middleman server may then serve the media to the client device over a local network. By allowing the media content to be distributed to approved devices only, the media service provider can prevent a user from using the media in a way that is not authorized by the content owner.