New pending patent applications are published on Thursdays. Both of today's Spotlight Applications concern aspects of digital rights management. Assigned to Verizon, the first of today's patents discloses a proxy device for managing digital rights. Assigned to Sony (JP), the second patent discloses techniques for automatically presenting rights protected content on previously unauthorized device.
20150121554, "Proxy device for managing digital rights," assigned to Verizon.
A system and method relate to a platform for distributing digital contents (digital content) to various client devices. A digital rights management platform allows a content provider to forward digital contents that is automatically ingested and processed in accordance with various requirements associated with providing the digital contents to the client devices. Information regarding the ingested digital contents may be provided to a coordinator device that uses this information to form a digital rights locker associated with the digital contents. A client device accesses the digital rights locker to obtain a rights token, or a proof of purchase, that is used to obtain rights data for accessing the digital contents.
20150121541, "Automatically presenting rights protected content on previously unauthorized device," assigned to Sony (JP).
A first consumer electronics device includes a computer readable storage medium bearing instructions executable by a processor, and a processor configured for accessing the computer readable storage medium to execute the instructions to configure the processor for receiving a signal indicative of close proximity of the first CE device to a second CE device. The instructions also configure the processor for providing a private key to the second CE device in response to receiving the signal. The private key is associated with a digital rights management (DRM) account for which the first CE device has been configured to access, and is configured for a single use by the second CE device to access a first audio video (AV) content without the second CE device communicating any other authentication information associated with the DRM account to access the first AV content to a content provider associated with the first AV content.