Today's patents address conditional access systems and copy protection / control systems. Assigned to General Instrument, the first describes ways of denying access to content generated by a compromised off line encryption device and for conveying cryptographic keys from multiple conditional access systems. Assigned to Sony, the second describes copy control method and apparatus for a receiving system.
7,257,227, "System for denying access to content generated by a compromised off line encryption device and for conveying cryptographic keys from multiple conditional access systems," assigned to General Instrument.
A method for forwarding messages containing cryptographic keys from a conditional access system that controls a population of set-top boxes to an encryption renewal system. The method includes storing a fictitious address of a virtual set-top box; generating a message based on the fictitious address, the message containing a cryptographic key; and forwarding the message to the fictitious address of the virtual set-top box. The encryption renewal system has information regarding the virtual set-top box, and is the recipient of the message. In addition, the encryption renewal system is for controlling access to pre-encrypted content generated by an encryption device. The system includes software instructions for receiving a request to retrofit an entitlement control message that allows a home device to access pre-encrypted content; and software instructions for retrofitting the entitlement control message only after verifying that the pre-encrypted content was generated prior to or contemporaneous with an authorized timestamp.
7,257,314, "Copy control method and apparatus for a receiving system," assigned to Sony.
The present invention enhances user friendliness of a system which is controlled by use of on-screen display by disabling the operation of these devices if it not permitted. According to the invention, when a recording of a received program is attempted, the program is checked for copy protection. If the program is found copy protected, a warning thereof is displayed and control of a recording/reproducing device concerned is disabled. This warning display allows the user to determine whether or not a program being received is copy protected beforehand, thereby preventing the video signal containing a copy protection control signal from being recorded on the recording/reproducing device. In addition, according to the invention, when a record button is pressed, it becomes a record stop button, being put in the selected state. This further enhances the user friendliness.