Blockchains (smart contracts, distributed ledgers) and rights management broadly construed are the themes of today's Spotlight Applications. Assigned to Nokia (FI), the first application discloses techniques for data sharing using smart contracts. Assigned to TBS, the second application discloses techniques for providing media content to content consumers for playback and consumption.
20220060514, "Data sharing," assigned to Nokia (FI)
Embodiments of the present disclosure relate to devices, methods, apparatuses and computer readable storage media for data sharing. In example embodiments, a method for data sharing is provided. The method comprises, in response to receiving a first request to share data of a user from a data sharing agent, creating a data sharing smart contract for the user. The method further comprises publishing the data sharing smart contract to one or more data consumers. The method further comprises, in response to receiving a second request to access the data from a data consumer, generating, by executing the data sharing smart contract, an indication that the data consumer is authorized to access the data. In addition, the method further comprises sending the indication to the data consumer. In this way, end users are enabled to manage and share their personal data by themselves.
20220060789, "Providing media content to content consumers for playback and consumption," assigned to Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
Media content items is provided to content consumers for playback by the disclosed system that includes plurality of nodes interacting with each other based on a defined protocol in communication network. A first node associated with a first participant receives a request for playback of a media content from a content consumer. A second node associated with a second participant provides media content rights to the first participant and/or the content consumer. The first node further provides media content metadata to the consumer device for consumption. A plurality of instances of a distributed media rights transaction ledger, associated with respective node, includes a plurality of media content rights transactions which corresponds to an acquisition of the media content rights by the first participant and/or content consumer prior to the consumption of the media content, and are managed by the plurality of nodes in accordance with the defined protocol.