Thursdays the PTO publishes new patent applications. Both of today's Spotlight Applications concern aspects of digital rights management. Apparently assigned to Adobe, the first application discloses techniques for migration between digital rights management systems without content repackaging. Assigned to General Instrument, the second application discloses techniques for content rights protection with arbitrary correlation of second content.
20130340085, "Migration between digital rights management systems without content repackaging," apparently assigned to Adobe Systems.
Methods, computer-implemented systems, and apparatus provide for a DRM Migrator that extracts embedded first license information that enables licensed access to content according to a first licensing system. The DRM Migrator sends the first license information to a server compatible with a second licensing system. After sending the first license information to the server, the DRM Migrator receives second license information that enables an end user to create a request for a license that provides access to the content according to the second licensing system. Another embodiment of the DRM Migrator also receives the first license information from a source and generates the second license information. After generating the second license information, the DRM Migrator sends the second license information to the source to enable creation of a request for a license that provides access to the content according to the second licensing system.
20130347056, "Content Rights Protection with Arbitrary Correlation of Second Content," assigned to General Instrument.
A disclosed content rights management system defines a content usage policy via a conditional rule set contained in metadata. The conditional rule set is correlated to at least one second content. An access control manager determines, dynamically, access rights conferrable to a user device or a server, based on the content usage policy and user history parameters. The embodiments may confer limited access rights for a first activity by a user device, or by a server, with respect to the protected content and the second content, and block a second activity with respect to the protected content and the second content, in response to determining that the request for the second content, in conjunction with the user history parameters, does not comply with the conditional rule set for the second activity.