New patent applications are issued by the USPTO on Thursdays. Both of today's Spotlight Applications concern aspects of digital rights management. Assigned to Verizon, the first application discloses techniques for time-shifted playback for over-the-top linear streaming. Assigned to Intralinks, the second application discloses techniques for managing access to electronic content.
20160269457, "Time-shifted playback for over-the-top linear streaming," assigned to Verizon.
A device may receive multiple versions of content from one or more data streams associated with a content provider. The content may include audio content and/or video content. The one or more data streams may include digital rights management (DRM) protection. The device may cause the multiple versions of the content to be stored via a data structure. The data structure may be organized based on contextual information associated with the multiple versions of the content. The multiple versions of the content may be stored with the DRM protection. The device may receive a request for the content. The device may determine a particular version of the content, of the multiple versions of the content, based on the request for the content and at a determined location of the content. The device may provide the particular version of the content for playback of the audio content and/or the video content.
20160259947, "Method and apparatus for managing access to electronic content," assigned to Intralinks, Inc.
According to at least one example embodiment, a method and corresponding content protection server for managing access to electronic content comprise retrieving access policies, or permissions, associated with a content item from a corresponding content sharing application, or rights issuer. The access policies are translated into a format recognizable by a digital rights management (DRM) engine, and forwarded to the DRM engine. The translated access policies are then provided by the DRM engine to a client device where the translated access policies are enforced in managing any potential access to the content item.