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Automated Video Licensing Mechanism

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000122733D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 1 page(s) / 45K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, W: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

With the advent of multimedia applications, video can be represented by a computer in a digitized data stream. Often video tapes and other video mediums contain proprietary information that requires licensing agreements. The reproduction of these video images may require authorization from the licensee. Prior methods incorporate the licensing agreement as part of the actual video presentation. This method forces a user to frequently view the redundant information when replaying a video presentation. A mechanism is needed whereby the licensing information can be viewed or avoided upon request. This new methodology proposes a generalized data stream format which defines the licensing information fields associated with every video presentation. This format defines the licensing information.

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Automated Video Licensing Mechanism

      With the advent of multimedia applications, video can be
represented by a computer in a digitized data stream. Often video
tapes and other video mediums contain proprietary information that
requires licensing agreements. The reproduction of these video images
may require authorization from the licensee. Prior methods
incorporate the licensing agreement as part of the actual video
presentation. This method forces a user to frequently view the
redundant information when replaying a video presentation. A
mechanism is needed whereby the licensing information can be viewed
or avoided upon request. This new methodology proposes a generalized
data stream format which defines the licensing information fields
associated with every video presentation. This format defines the
licensing information. This field contains the licensing information
for that video presentation and can be mandatorily presented on the
first viewing of video presentation.

      Although this method indirectly addresses video, this method
can be applied to any media (e.g., audio), whereby a licensing
agreement is associated with an object. The license format fields can
be displayed to the user upon request, such as pressing a predefined
key. If the user has already viewed the licensing information, this
allows the user to exclude the licensing information from subsequent
video presentations. Another advantage of this method is the user can
immediately access th...