The US Patent Office issues new patents on Tuesdays. Issued patents and published applications may be early indicators of the kinds of issues being addressed by inventors and/or the companies for whom they work. Both of the patents issued today that are highlighted here deal with managing digital media assets. Assigned to Intertainer, Inc., the first patent describes a digital entertainment service platform. Assigned to Philips, the second patent discloses ways to protect digital media in part using watermarks.
6,925,469, "Digital entertainment service platform," assigned to Intertainer, Inc.
The present invention is directed to an open business platform that provides an end-to-end solution for managing, distributing, and/or retailing digital media assets from various content suppliers. In one or more embodiments, the present invention provides an integrated system that permits media content suppliers to deposit their media assets with the system where they are prepared by a content management system for distribution to consumers via a secure distribution system. The media content suppliers may then track and-control the use of their media assets through a subscriber management system for managing consumer accounts, a licensing server for issuing licenses restricting the use of media content, and a royalty reporter for determining and reporting royalties to the various content suppliers.
6,925,342, "System and method for protecting digital media," assigned to Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
A system and method for verifying digital recordings that have a plurality of tracks. The system includes an encoder that: divides the digital recording into a plurality of sections and associates a random number with each section; calculates an identifier as a function of the associated random numbers; and watermarks sections within a block of sections with the associated random number and a portion of the identifier. A verification system is provided that extracts the random numbers and identifier portions; calculates a first identifier as a function of the extracted random numbers; calculates a second identifier based on the identifier portions; and compares the first identifier and the second identifier.