New pending patent applications are published by the PTO on Thursdays. Both of today's Spotlight Applications concern digital rights management. Assigned to Verizon, the first application discloses a digital content delivery platform for multiple retailers. Assigned to High Tech Systems (IL), the second application discloses techniques for content file downloading over a network with usage rights.
20140165209, "Digital content delivery platform for multiple retailers," assigned to Verizon.
A digital content distribution platform includes a content distribution device configured to store digital assets and associated metadata, encode and encrypt each of the digital assets, and publish the metadata associated with the assets to one or more catalog servers associated with multiple digital content retailers. The digital content distribution platform further includes a portal server configured to permit registration by the multiple digital content retailers to enable access to the stored digital assets by clients associated with the multiple digital content retailers. The digital content distribution platform also includes one or more license servers configured to engage in digital rights management (DRM) with multiple DRM servers associated with the multiple digital content retailers.
20140164150, "Content file downloading over a network with usage rights," assigned to High Tech Systems Ltd. (IL).
A method of distributing content over a network comprising: providing a content file comprising media content from a content source; providing an advertisement file comprising advertisement content from an advertisement provider, combining said content file and said advertisement file into a combined file in playable format, configured such that a location within said combined file of said advertisement content is substantially indistinguishable without playing said combined file; receiving requests from users for said content; debiting said advertisement provider with an advertisement fee; crediting said content source with said advertisement fee; and downloading said combined file to requesting users for playing thereof. The method allows a copyright holder to be paid for the download whilst the download remains free to the end user. The method may for example be applied to file sharing systems or to websites wishing to offer a `freebie` to induce more site visiting.