Every Thursday, the US Patent and Trademark Office publishes pending patent applications. Publication has no bearing on whether a patent will eventually be issued based on the application. Still, issued patents and published applications are often indicators of what people have been thinking about and the kinds of things that individuals or companies believe may be useful to them in the future. The first application, assigned to Macrovision, describes a method for interdicting unauthorized copying in a decentralized network. The second application, whose assignee is unidentified, addresses elapsed time-based controls.
20050114709, "Demand based method for interdiction of unauthorized copying in a decentralized network," assigned to Macrovision.
A multi-level and/or demand based method and apparatus for interdicting unauthorized copying in a decentralized network are described. In their preferred embodiments, the method and apparatus start out by performing search result manipulation to interdict unauthorized copying of protected files. If a trigger event is detected in network communications, however, such as a threshold number of requests being exceeded for a protected file by a network node, then the method floods that node with decoys of the protected file to enhance interdiction efforts.
20050114896,"Digital rights management for content rendering on playback devices," no assignee identified.
In one embodiment, an elapsed playback time associated with a digital playback device is determined and compared to an allotted playback time for the device. In the event the elapsed and allotted playback times satisfy a predetermined relationship with respect to one another, further content playback on the device may be denied or otherwise regulated until content playback rights intrinsic to the device are renewed or "recharged".