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Methodology to Prevent Video and Software Piracy Disclosure Number: IPCOM000106208D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 86K

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Proposed is a methodology to prevent video and software piracy using the Global Positioning Systems (GPS) techniques.

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Methodology to Prevent Video and Software Piracy

      Proposed is a methodology to prevent video and software piracy
using the Global Positioning Systems (GPS) techniques.

      The software distribution is changing from the traditional
method of packaging individual copies of the software with hard copy
documentation to electronic distribution.  In today's Office
environment, software packages are licensed in a way that a whole
location can use the software.  These improvements in software
distribution and licensing reduce cycle-time and cost while at the
same time allowing the user to copy and distribute the software at
their will.  This has an adverse impact on the potential revenue
stream.  The existing licensing protection mechanisms are aimed at
preventing copying within an installation mechanism.

      The video presentations can be licensed or rented for viewing
on a particular machine or by a person.  The video presentation can
be circulated and viewed by different people on different machines.
Prior art incorporates the licensing agreement as part of the actual
video presentation.  This method does not enforce any security or
prevent the user from circulating the software.

      This article provides an elegantly simple methodology to
prevent piracy of multimedia presentation as well as software
packages.  This can be done by developing a security mechanism using
the Global Positioning System (GPS) techniques.  The device to be
used in conjunction with the global positioning system can sense the
positioning information emitted from the satellites forming the
Global Positioning System (GPS) [1,2] the receiving device, by
interpreting the signals from the satellites, can accurately sense
the x and y coordinates for a specified location.

      For location-based group licensing, before sending the
software, the x, y coordinates of the target location are requested.
This information can then be hard-coded into the customized copy of
the software send to that location.  The software, at startup time,
invokes the GPS device for the x, y coordinates.  These x, y