New pending patent applications are published on Thursdays by the USPTO. Both of today's Spotlight Applications concern aspects of digital rights management. Assigned to Time Warner Cable, the first application discloses techniques for downloadable security and protection. Assigned to Qualcomm, the second application discloses countermeasures against audio/video content security domain crossing.
20160301677, "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.
20160295283, "Countermeasures against audio/video content security domain crossing," assigned to Qualcomm.
Techniques for preventing circumvention of digital rights management protections on electronic content are provided. A method according to these techniques includes receiving a content stream, obtaining samples from the content stream, generating a histogram based on the samples from the content stream, classifying the content stream as including audio content or non-audio content based on the histogram, and modifying portions of the content stream responsive to classifying the content stream as including non-audio content. The content stream can be modified such that any video content included in the content stream would be rendered unplayable, while audio content included in the content stream remains playable.