New pending patent applications are published by the USPTO on Thursdays. Today Spotlight Applications concern aspects of digital rights management. Assigned to Adobe, the first of today's applications discloses techniques for DRM in virtual and augmented reality. Assigned to Intel, the second application discloses techniques for selective content licensing and secure playback.
20180107805, "Digital rights management in virtual and augmented reality," assigned to Adobe.
Digital rights management techniques are described that address traits of a behavior of a user population that is to interact with digital content as part of a virtual or augmented reality environment. A digital rights management (DRM) module is implemented to manage a digital rights management policy to dynamically address traits and changes to the traits of a behavior of users that consume the digital content as part of an augmented or virtual reality environment. In another example, the DRM module may be configured to control access to physical objects through use of digital content output by an output device as part of the augmented or virtual reality environment.
20180109831, "Technologies for selective content licensing and secure playback," assigned to Intel.
Technologies for selectively licensing segments of source content are described. In some embodiments the technologies enable a user of a client device to select, license, and use one or more segments of source content, without the need to obtain a license to the source content as a whole. Systems, methods, and computer readable media utilizing such technologies are also described. In some embodiments, the technologies can enable digital rights management or other restrictions imposed on a content segment to be enforced, even when the content segment is incorporated into diverse content such as a content mashup. The technologies may also enable independent tracking of information regarding the use and/or payback of content segments, even when such segments are included in diverse content.