Tuesday new patents are issued by the PTO. Both of this week's Spotlight Patents concern aspects of digital rights management. Assigned to Facebook, the first patent concerns techniques for using social signals to identify unauthorized content on a social networking system. Assigned to Irdeto (NL), the second patent concerns techniques for processing recordable content in a stream.
8,601,596, "Using social signals to identify unauthorized content on a social networking system," assigned to Facebook.
8,595,854, "Processing recordable content in a stream," assigned to Irdeto B.V. (NL).
Methods and a systems are described for processing recordable content in a broadcast stream sent to a receiver, wherein said broadcast stream is protected in accordance with a conditional access system and wherein said receiver is configured for storing and consuming content in said broadcast stream in accordance with a digital rights management system. In this methods and systems recording information is sent in one or more entitlement control messages over a broadcast network to a receiver. Using the recording information in the entitlement control messages the receiver is able to store recordable events in a broadcast stream on a storage medium and to consume said recorded events in accordance with a digital rights management system.