The assignee for this patent, patent number 8756433, is
Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Developers of digital content oftentimes desire to protect their content so that it can be used only by those having the right to do so. One way in which digital content can be protected is encrypting the digital content and providing to those who have the right to use the digital content an encryption key that can be used to decrypt the digital content. Such use of encryption, however, is not without its problems. For example, decrypting digital content can be a resource-intensive process that takes a significant amount of time to perform on a user's device. Such delays can lead to user frustration and unhappiness with their devices."
In addition to obtaining background information on this patent, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "This Summary is provided to introduce a selection of concepts in a simplified form that are further described below in the Detailed Description. This Summary is not intended to identify key features or essential features of the claimed subject matter, nor is it intended to be used to limit the scope of the claimed subject matter.
"In accordance with one or more aspects, an identifier of unencrypted digital content is obtained. A content license associated with the unencrypted digital content is generated, the content license including both the identifier of the unencrypted digital content and a content policy. The content license is communicated to a target device, allowing the target device to use the unencrypted digital content in accordance with the content policy.
"In accordance with one or more aspects, a content license including a content policy is obtained, and a determination is made as to whether the content license corresponds to unencrypted digital content. Use of the unencrypted digital content by the computing device is permitted in accordance with the content policy if the content license corresponds to the unencrypted digital content and the content license was intended for the computing device. However, use of the unencrypted digital content by the computing device based on the content license is prohibited if the content license does not correspond to the unencrypted digital content or the content license was not intended for the computing device."
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