New pending patent applications are published by the USPTO on Thursdays. Both of today's Spotlight Applications concern aspects of digital rights management. Assigned to Live Nation, the first application discloses techniques for short-range device interactions for facilitating partial uses of clustered access rights. Assigned to Panasonic, the second application discloses techniques for securing playback of a Blu-ray device connected to a display device.
20160142389, "Short-range device interactions for facilitating partial uses of clustered access rights," assigned to Live Nation Entertainment, Inc.
Systems and methods are provided for communication networks and network operations for processing partial uses of clustered access rights. The communication networks may include channels such as short-range communication channels, such as Bluetooth, BTLE, and/or near-field communication (NFC) channels.
20160150180, "Playback method and playback device," assigned to Panasonic (JP).
A playback method according to one aspect of the present disclosure is performed by a Blu-ray device connected to a display device. The playback method includes obtaining, from a recording medium, output control information of content recorded on the recording medium; obtaining, from the recording medium, a video signal of the content recorded on the recording medium; and (a) outputting the obtained video signal to the display device without converting image quality of the video signal, when the obtained output control information does not restrict output of content using a first copyright protection technology, and (b) converting the image quality of the obtained video signal and outputting the video signal to the display device, when the obtained output control information restricts output of content using the first copyright protection technology and output using the first copyright protection technology is performed according to a type of the display device.