New pending patent applications are published by the USPTO on Thursdays. Today's Spotlight Applications concern aspects of digital rights management. Assigned to Encryptics, LLC, the first application discloses techniques for digital rights management of documents. Assigned to Sony, the second application discloses techniques for statutory license restricted digital media playback on portable devices.
20170208044, "Method and system for digital rights management of documents," assigned to Encryptics, LLC.
Claim 1. A method for sending an electronic document and/or message from a sender to a recipient, and encrypting the document and/or message, the method comprising: selecting document to encrypt and send to the recipient; selecting a set of recipient rights for the document; encrypting the document; sending the encrypted document from the sender to the recipient; receiving the encrypted document at a terminal of the recipient; and accessing the document according to the set of recipient rights.
20170206341, "Statutory license restricted digital media playback on portable devices," assigned to Sony Interactive Entertainment America LLC.
Systems and methods are described for, e.g., providing a statutory audio content service on a portable device that complies with the provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The user can select a playlist subject to DMCA restrictions but cannot access individual items. Content playback, including skipping of content, is restricted to enforce relevant DMCA provisions. Encryption used to implement digital rights management (DRM) may be modified to enforce such content play rules or, alternatively, an additional layer of encryption may be imposed. Limitations on playback are stored along with the playlist structure in a form that is protected against modification. Information logging content playback is maintained in protected form to be uploaded and relayed to the service provider for the purpose of calculating royalty payments.