With today's Spotlight Applications, we continue the theme of blockchain (block chain, distributed ledger) and digital rights management (broadly construed) patent applications. Assigned to Live Nation, the first application discloses techniques for a decentralized virtual trustless database for access control. Assigned to Cable Labs, the second application discloses techniques for blockchaining systems and methods for frictionless media.
20180089914, "Decentralized virtual trustless database for access control," assigned to Live Nation Entertainment
Described are systems and techniques for leveraging a virtual distributed trustless database using access-enabling codes. The computations use private codes. Each computation includes the information from all previous computations so that a chain of computations is maintained and controlled. A central system insures that dual computations do not occur.
20180089651, "Blockchaining systems and methods for frictionless media," assigned to Cable Television Laboratories, Inc.
An ecosystem for distributing digital content over an electronic communications network includes a content creator computer system having a processor and a memory configured to store raw digital content. The system further includes computer systems for content service and for a retailer, both in operable communication with the processor. The content service computer system is configured to receive the raw digital content and transmit packaged digital content. The retailer computer system is configured to receive the packaged digital content and display its availability to an electronic device of a user. The ecosystem further includes a blockchain in operable communication with the processor, and the content service and retailer computer systems. The blockchain is configured to verify a transfer of the packaged digital content from the content service system to the user, a payment from the user to the retailer, and an update with information regarding the verified transfer and payment.