Smart contracts (blockchains, distributed ledgers) and rights management broadly construed are the themes of today's Spotlight Applications. Assigned to TBS, the first application discloses techniques for providing media content to content consumers for playback and consumption. Assigned to Akamai, the second application discloses techniques for a high performance distributed system of record with extended transaction processing capability.
20230145745, “Providing media content to content consumers for playback and consumption,” assigned to Turner Broadcasting System
A system is provided that includes a plurality of nodes and a plurality of instances of a distributed media rights transaction ledger associated with the plurality of the nodes. The plurality of nodes includes a first node associated with a first participant and a second node associated with a second participant. The first node interacts with the second node based on a defined protocol in a communication network. The first node receives a request for playback of a media content from a content consumer associated with a consumer device. The second node provides media content rights associated with media content to at least one of the first participant or the content consumer. Each instance of the distributed media rights transaction ledger includes a plurality of media content rights transactions corresponding to at least an acquisition of the media content rights by the first participant or the content consumer.
20230146439, “High performance distributed system of record with extended transaction processing capability,” assigned to Akamai Technologies, Inc.
A set of transaction handling computing elements comprise a network core that receive and process transaction requests into an append-only immutable chain of data blocks, wherein a data block is a collection of transactions, and wherein an Unspent Transaction Output (UTXO) data structure supporting the immutable chain of data blocks is an output from a finalized transaction. Typically, the UTXO data structure consists essentially of an address and a value. In this approach, at least one UTXO data structure is configured to include information either in addition to or in lieu of the address and value, thereby defining a Transaction Output (TXO). A TXO may have a variety of types, and one type includes an attribute that encodes data. In response to receipt of a request to process a transaction, the set of transaction handling computing elements are executed to process the transaction into a block using at least the information in the TXO.