New patents are issued by the USPTO on Tuesdays. Both of today's Spotlight Patents concern aspects of digital rights management. Assigned to Google, the first of today's patents addresses techniques for application-driven playback of offline encrypted content with unaware DRM module. Assigned to Time Warner Cable, the second patent addresses techniques for control of data and content protection mechanisms across a network using a download delivery paradigm
9,311,459, "Application-driven playback of offline encrypted content with unaware DRM module," assigned to Google.
Application-driven interceptor module enables offline playback of Digital Rights Management (DRM) protected content to work in a same way as online playback. Communications with the DRM module are intercepted by the application-driven interceptor that is aware of the client device's network connection status. When the interceptor application determines that the client device is offline, requests for the protected content, and license/key to the protected content may then be managed by the interceptor application. In one embodiment, the interceptor application may retrieve requests for the key/license from a locally protected data store, and provide the key/license to the DRM module. In this manner, the DRM module may be unaware that its messages are being intercepted, and may then operate the same, unaware of whether or not the client device is online or offline.
9,313,458, "Downloadable security and protection methods and apparatus," assigned to Time Warner Cable.
Methods and apparatus for control of data and content protection mechanisms across a network using a download delivery paradigm. In one embodiment, conditional access (CA), digital rights management (DRM), and trusted domain (TD) security policies are delivered, configured and enforced with respect to consumer premises equipment (CPE) within a cable television network. A trusted domain is established within the user's premises within which content access, distribution, and reproduction can be controlled remotely by the network operator. The content may be distributed to secure or non-secure "output" domains consistent with the security policies enforced by secure CA, DRM, and TD clients running within the trusted domain. Legacy and retail CPE models are also supported. A network security architecture comprising an authentication proxy (AP), provisioning system (MPS), and conditional access system (CAS) is also disclosed, which can interface with a trusted authority (TA) for cryptographic element management and CPE/user device authentication.