New pending patent applications are published by the USPTO on Thursdays. Both of today's Spotlight Applications concern aspects of digital rights management. Assigned to Comcast, the first application discloses an adaptive rights management system. Assigned to Konica Minolta (JP), the second application discloses a digital rights management system providing event notifications for user actions based on access control rules.
20170147830, "Adaptive rights management system," assigned to Comcast.
Methods, systems, computer-readable media, and apparatuses for providing policy-based copyright enforcement of media content items streamed to client devices are described. Various aspects discussed herein relate to managing content access rights in an adaptive bitrate environment (e.g., where an asset may be encoded and delivered at multiple different bitrates). The system discussed herein permits differentiated access to the same video, or portions of the same video, where any DRM-type client may read a manifest file including content verification data, which may be video authentication information that is specific to the video. Additional aspects discussed herein provide DRM metadata specific to each frame of a multi-bitrate video to enable the client device to verify the multi-bitrate video on a frame-by-frame basis.
20170149829, "Digital rights management system providing event notifications for user actions based on access control rules," assigned to Konica Minolta (JP).
In a digital rights management system, a rights management server sends event notifications to certain users when other users perform certain actions (read, print, copy, etc.) on documents managed by the system. For each document, a notification rule defines which users will receive what event notifications for that document. The notification rule is determined based on document access permissions possessed by the users, so that only users who have permission to perform an action on the document will receive notifications when other users perform that action on the document, while users with no permission to perform an action will not receive notifications when other users perform that action. The server also allows the users who have permission to perform an action to opt out of the notifications. The server monitors events that occur on the documents, and sends event notifications to appropriate users according to the notification rules.