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Researchers Submit Patent Application, "Digital Rights Content Services Architecture", for Approval

May 8, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Politics & Government Week -- From Washington, D.C., VerticalNews journalists report that a patent application by the inventor Ross, Robert Paul (Sunnyvale, CA), filed on October 10, 2013, was made available online on April 24, 2014.

No assignee for this patent application has been made.

News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Digital rights management and enforcement is highly desirable in connection with digital content such as digital audio, digital video, digital text, digital data, digital multimedia, etc., where such digital content is to be distributed to users. Typical modes of distribution include tangible devices such as a magnetic (floppy) disk, a magnetic tape, an optical (compact) disk (CD), etc., and intangible media such as an electronic bulletin board, an electronic network, the Internet, etc. Upon being received by the user, such user renders, displays, or plays the digital content.

"Typically, a content owner or rights owner or rights holder, such as an author, a publisher, a broadcaster, etc. (hereinafter content owner or rights holder), wishes to distribute such digital content to a user or recipient in exchange for a license fee or some other consideration. Such content owner, given the choice, would likely wish to restrict what the user can do with such distributed digital content. For example, the content owner may want to restrict the user from copying and re-distributing such content to a second user, at least in a manner that denies the content owner a license fee from such second user.

"In addition, the content owner may wish to provide the user with the flexibility to purchase different types of use licenses at different license fees, while at the same time holding the user to the terms of whatever type of license is in fact purchased. For example, the content owner may wish to allow distributed digital content to be used only a limited number of times, only for a certain total time, only on a certain type of machine, only on a certain type of media player, only by a certain type of user, etc.

"Currently, owners of digital rights content have to develop their own, unique licensing and protection computer application if they wish to record and enforce distribution and usage rights for their works transferred or displayed by streaming and download services through electronic mails, the communication and connectivity networks. This development is costly in time and financial resources, and requires not only access to those with technical system competence and 'know-how,' but access to those who are competent in understanding the complexities of the related laws and practices. There has been a lack of user friendly and efficient platform for a user to publish and/or subscribe digital rights content."

As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "According to one aspect of the invention, a selection of a digital content item is received from a client over a network, where the client is identified by a user identifier (ID) and the digital content item is identified by a content ID. A license agreement associated with the selected digital content item is identified based on the content ID of the digital content item, where the license agreement is identified by a license ID. The license agreement includes one or more constraints for accessing the digital content item. A tracking code is generated based on the content ID associated with the selected digital content item, the license ID associated with the identified license agreement, and the user ID associated with the client. The tracking code is inscribed on the digital content item to generate a deliverable content file, where the deliverable content file contains the digital content item therein. The deliverable content file is transmitted to the client over the network, where the tracking code is visible or audible when the digital content item is accessed from the deliverable content file. The tracking code includes information indicating that the digital content item has been specifically delivered to the client.

"According to another aspect of the invention, a digital content item is received from a client, where the client is identified by a user ID. One or more license agreements are presented to the client, where each license agreement is identified by a license ID. In response to a selection of a license agreement from the license agreements by the client, a content ID is generated based on the user ID and a license ID associated with the selected license agreement. The content ID is generated by ciphering the user ID, the license ID, and one or more attributes extracted from the digital content item, using a cipher key according to a predetermined cipher method. The digital content item is stored in a storage, where the digital content item is associated with and identified by the content ID. The digital content item can be browsed and licensed subsequently by another user based on the content ID.

"Other features of the present invention will be apparent from the accompanying drawings and from the detailed description which follows.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"Embodiments of the invention are illustrated by way of example and not limitation in the figures of the accompanying drawings in which like references indicate similar elements.

"FIG. 1 is a block diagram illustrating a network configuration in which a digital rights service framework may be employed according to one embodiment of the invention.

"FIG. 2 is a block diagram illustrating a content system according to one embodiment of the invention.

"FIGS. 3A-3C are block diagrams illustrating examples of data structures according to certain embodiments of the invention.

"FIG. 4 is a block diagram illustrating a mechanism for generating a user identifier according to one embodiment of the invention.

"FIG. 5 is a block diagram illustrating a mechanism for generating a content identifier according to one embodiment of the invention.

"FIG. 6 is a block diagram illustrating a mechanism for generating a tracking code according to one embodiment of the invention.

"FIGS. 7A-7B illustrate example of a content item with and without a tracking code inscribed thereon according to one embodiment of the invention.

"FIG. 8 is a flow diagram illustrating a method for publishing a digital right content item according to one embodiment of the invention.

"FIG. 9 is a flow diagram illustrating a method for publishing a digital right content item according to another embodiment of the invention.

"FIGS. 10A-10D are screenshots illustrating graphical user interfaces for publishing a digital rights content item according to certain embodiments of the invention.

"FIG. 11 is a flow diagram illustrating a method for licensing a digital right content item according to one embodiment of the invention.

"FIGS. 12A-12B screenshots illustrating graphical user interfaces for licensing a digital rights content item according to certain embodiments of the invention.

"FIG. 13 is a block diagram of a data processing system, which may be used with one embodiment of the invention."

For additional information on this patent application, see: Ross, Robert Paul. Digital Rights Content Services Architecture. Filed October 10, 2013 and posted April 24, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=1021&p=21&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140417.PD.&OS=PD/20140417&RS=PD/20140417

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