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 Irdeto (NL), the first of today's applications addresses techniques for providing access to content using encryption keys and DRM clients. Assigned to Sirius XM Radio, the second application addresses techniques for content caching services in satellite and satellite/IP content delivery systems where metadata may include DRM information.
20170237551, "Providing access to content," assigned to Irdeto (NL).
A method of providing access to content at a first device, the method comprising: receiving an item of content, wherein at least part of the item of content is encrypted, the encrypted at least part of the item of content being decryptable using at least one decryption key; in a first software client: obtaining a transformed version of the at least one decryption key; performing a decryption operation on the encrypted at least part of the item of content based on the at least one decryption key to obtain an intermediate version of the at least part of the item of content, wherein said performing the decryption operation uses a white-box implementation of the decryption operation that forms part of the first software client and that operates using the transformed version of the at least one decryption key; and performing an encryption operation on at least a portion of the intermediate version based on at least one encryption key to obtain re-encrypted content, wherein said performing the encryption operation uses a white-box implementation of the encryption operation that forms part of the first software client; and providing, to a digital rights management client that executes on the first device, (a) a rights object that enables the digital rights management client to obtain one or more second decryption keys corresponding to the at least one encryption key, the one or more second decryption keys enabling the digital rights management client to decrypt the re-encrypted content and (b) the re-encrypted content.
20170238047, "Content caching services in satellite and satellite/IP content delivery systems," assigned to Sirius XM Radio Inc.
Systems and methods are presented to facilitate caching of programming from broadcast and/or content streaming services to a user device for local playback. In addition, metadata can be provided to guide the user in selecting, caching, or playing the cachable content. In some exemplary embodiments, a receiver or other user device can automatically select the programming to be cached based on a user's historical topic interest and listening history. In some exemplary embodiments, the metadata can also include DRM information that can limit the ability of a user to playback the content, so as to comply, if necessary, with operative legal requirements related to usage of the content.