Patent Application Titled "Method for the Distribution of Audio-Visual Information and a System for the Distribution of Audio-Visual Information" Published Online
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Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "In the prior art, devices are known that permit a user having a terminal and a connection to a server of audio-visual information to download pieces of music in order to listen to them in real time or to store them in data storage means, either connected to the terminal, or transportable so as to be able to play them back or duplicate the pieces of music an unlimited number of times. However, most of these devices do not permit the calculation of royalties due to those having rights to the pieces of music since none of these devices enable the use made of the piece of music to be verified."
In addition to obtaining background information on this patent application, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "Hence, this invention has the objective of remedying the disadvantages of the prior art by proposing a method of distributing audio-visual information enabling one to identify and to calculate the rights of reproduction of the audio-visual information distributed.
"This first objective is achieved by a method for the distribution of audio-visual information between a server and at least one terminal connected by bi-directional means of communication to the server characterized in that it comprises: a step of registering each terminal at the server to identify the terminal in a unique way and to record the type of terminal, a step of authenticating the terminal by the server on the occasion of each connection of the terminal to the server, a step of downloading at least one selection of audio-visual information chosen by the user of the terminal during its connection to the server, the format in which the selections of audio-visual information are transmitted being such that the destination terminal can make use of them, a step of storing the use made of each selection of audio-visual information in a data base of the server.
"In another embodiment, the use of a selection of audio-visual information comprises, either the running in real time of the audio-visual information on the destination terminal, or the storing of the audio-visual information for the purpose of running it on the destination terminal, or the running, in real time, of the audio-visual information, after storing the audio-visual information on the destination terminal.
"In another embodiment, the authentication step includes a step of the terminal sending stored information relating to the desired uses to be made of the audio-visual information downloaded onto the terminal.
"In another embodiment, the method includes a step in which the server processes information stored or received and relating to the uses for the audio-visual information downloaded onto the terminal in order to determine the amount of royalties to be paid to each of the parties having rights over the audio-visual information.
"In another embodiment, the registration step comprises a step of sending decoding and/or decryption means as a function of the format in which the audio-visual information will be transmitted to the terminal and which corresponds to the specified uses.
"In another embodiment, the type of terminal defines the use which will be made of the audio-visual information on the terminal.
"In another embodiment, the method comprises a step of paying for the selections commanded, either during the authentication step or during the choice of the user, or before the downloading step.
"In another embodiment, the method comprises a step of storing on the terminal statistical records concerning the use of the selections stored by the terminal and a step of sending, by the terminal, of information corresponding to the statistical records, during connection between the terminal and the server.
"A second aim of the invention consists of proposing a system for the distribution of audio-visual information which permits the calculation of the rights of reproduction of audio-visual information distributed.
"This second objective is achieved by a device for the distribution of audio-visual information comprising a server including mass data storage means that include audio-visual information for representing a plurality of musical and/or video selections, and at least one terminal including data storage means and a bi-directional communication link with the server, the device being characterized in that the data storage means of the server comprise an identification of each terminal defining the use of the audio-visual information transmitted to the terminal, each terminal comprising means interactive with the user to permit the choice of at least one selection through the communication link with the server and means of running the information sent by the server and representative of an audio-visual selection.
"In another embodiment, the running means comprise means of running the audio-visual information sent by the server in real time, on the terminal.
"In another embodiment, the running means comprise means of forbidding the re-use of the audio-visual information sent.
"In another embodiment, the running means of the terminal comprise means of storing the audio-visual information sent.
"In another embodiment, the terminal comprises means of recording information relating to the use made of the selections sent by the server to the terminal.
"In another embodiment, the server includes means of calculating royalties to be paid to each of the parties having a right over the use of the selections sent to the terminals, from information recorded by the server and transmitted by each terminal and relating to the use of the selections.
"In another embodiment, the exploitation means comprise a Digital Signal Processor DSP comprising means of decoding audio-visual information transmitted by the server in order to provide digital information, a digital-analog converter, at least one output for digital information to data storage means and command means for each digital output in order to authorize or not to authorize the storage of the digital information.
"It must be obvious to persons skilled in the art that this invention permits embodiments in numerous other specific forms without departing from the field of application of the invention as claimed. Consequently, these embodiments must be considered as being given for illustrative purposes and may be modified within the field defined by the scope of the attached claims.
"In another embodiment, the interactive comprising selection means including a pointer and or a touch screen associated with displays means for displaying at least one dialogue screen, and/or a vocal command system associated with audio reproduction means for restituting at least one vocal message.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS
"The invention, with its characteristics and advantages, will emerge more clearly on reading the description made making reference to the appended drawings in which:
"FIG. 1A represents a simplified diagram of the device for the distribution of audio-visual information according to an embodiment of the invention, and FIG. 1B shows a variation where there is one server and multiple terminals in accordance with another embodiment;
"FIG. 2 represents the logic diagram of the operations carried out during the communication between the server and a terminal of the device for the distribution of audio-visual information according to the invention; and
"FIG. 3 represents a diagram of the terminal of the device for the distribution of audio-visual information according to the invention."
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