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Patent granted in Australia and China, filed and pending in another 25 countries including Europe and USA. Residential Media Servers are no longer limited to content delivery and playback because of copy protection and digital rights management systems.


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MANAGING UNPROTECTED AND PROTECTED CONTENT IN PRIVATE NETWORKS  

Field of the Invention 

The present invention relates to managing unprotected and protected content in private networks.

Background of the Invention 

Content providers employ a wide variety of content protection systems to control access to content.  Content protection systems include digital rights management (DRM) systems, copy protection (CP) systems, conditional access (CA) systems, technical protection measures (TPM), etc.  Content protection systems generally require hardware/software components to be present within private networks before protected content can be accessed by users.

 

Navigating the subtleties and complexities of content protection systems presents problems to users who wish to store, manage and distribute content in private networks.  Content users may not even know there are content protection systems, what they are, and how they work in private networks.  These problems are compounded because different content providers employ different content protection systems that are not interoperable.

 

A need therefore exists for an integrated solution for managing unprotected and protected content in private networks.

Summary of the Invention 

According to the present invention, there is provided a method for managing unprotected and protected content in a private network, the method including the steps of:

receiving content;

retrieving metadata associated with the received content;

determining whether the received content is unprotected or protected based on the associated metadata;

for unprotected content, allowing the unprotected content to be selectively stored, managed and distributed in the private network based on the associated metadata;

for protected content, identifying a content protection system associated with the protected content based on the associated metadata, and performing at least one of:

displaying information to a user of the private network facilitating retrieval of one or more hardware/software components required by the associated content protection system;

retrieving the one or more required hardware/software components;

verifying that the one or more required hardware/software components are present in the private network, 

before allowing the protected content to be selectively stored, managed and distributed in the private network based on the associated metadata.

 

The present invention also provides a processor program product stored in a processor readable storage device, the processor program product having processor instructions for causing at least one processor to:

receive content;

retrieve metadata associated with the received content;

determine whether the received content is unprotected or protected based on the associated metadata;

for unprotected content, allow the unprotected content to be selectively stored, managed and distributed in the private network based on the associated metadata;

for protected content, identify a content protection system associated with the protected content based on the associated metadata, and perform at least one of:

display information to a user of the private network facilitating retrieval of one or more hardware/software components required by the associated content protection system;

retrieve the one or more required hardware/software components;

verify that the one or more required hardware/software components are present in the private network, 

before the protected content is allowed to be selectively stored, managed and distributed in the private network based on the associated metadata.

                       

The present invention further provides a system for managing unprotected and protected content in a private network, the system including:

one or more processors connected to the private network;

processor instructions for causing the one or more processors to:

receive content;

retrieve metadata associated with the received content;

determine whether the received content is unprotected or protected based on the associated metadata;

for unprotected content, allow the unprotected content to be selectively stored, managed and distributed in the private network based on the associated metadata;

for protected content, identify a content protection system associated with the protected content based on the associated metadata, and perform at least one of:

display information to a user of the private network facilitating retrieval of one or more hardware/software components required by the associated content protection system;

retrieve the one or more required hardware/software components;

verify that the one or more required hardware/software components are present in the private network, 

before the protected content is allowed to be selectively stored, managed and distributed in the private network based on the associated metadata; and

one or more processor readable storage devices connected to the one or more processors to store the processor instructions, the received content, the associated metadata and the one or more hardware/software components required by the associated content protection system.