The PTO publishes new pending patent applications on Thursdays. Both of today's Spotlight Applications concern aspects of digital rights management. Assigned to CFPH, LLC, the first of today's applications discloses techniques for electronic file use and management. Assigned to United Video Properties, the second application discloses techniques for enabling an automatic license for mashups.
20140095434, "Methods and apparatus for electronic file use and management," assigned to CFPH, LLC.
Methods and apparatus are disclosed for facilitating online storage of files (e.g., audio tracks, video, etc.) for playback/access or sale/exchange by the owners of the files without violating copyrights that copyright holders have in the files. For example, by providing a playback service that does not store additional versions of an audio file when the file is transmitted to, and immediately played on, a user device without buffering, the present invention avoids violating copyright laws by not making copies of the file. Numerous other aspects are disclosed.
20140096263, "Systems and methods for enabling an automatic license for mashups," assigned to United Video Properties, Inc.
Systems and methods for managing digital rights settings are provided. In some aspects, the systems and methods described include receiving user input including an order for obtaining access rights to a media asset. Control circuitry determines whether the media asset is associated with a first package of media assets. The control circuitry cross-references a database of user order history to determine whether the user has obtained access rights for each media asset in the first package of media assets. If the user has obtained access rights for each media asset in the first package of media assets, the control circuitry generates digital rights settings for each media asset in the first package of media assets to enable the user to create a mashup. The mashup includes portions of at least one media asset in the first package. The control circuitry generates a display based on the digital rights settings.