USPTO releases Apple's patent application covering the selling and borrowing of digital content
record label or movie studio, would set some of the criteria of the transfer. For example, a certain eBook might be restricted to a sale price of no less than $5 with no re-sales allowed for at least 6 months, The restrictions that the original content owner can set include the price, the number of times the content can be transferred and to whom the transfer is made.
The patent also states that the original content holder could end up getting paid from subsequent transfers, unlike the second hand market that Amazon envisions. Considering that you have both Apple and Amazon working on the legalities involved in DRM transfers, this looks like something that will build up momentum in the near future.
Apple divided its application, titled, "Managing access to digital content items," in three parts with two parts filed in September 2011 and one filed in June 2012. As an example of how Apple's plan works, let's assume that a buyer of an eBook wishes to sell his rights to the content. He can contact the iBookstore and let them know that he is selling. Once certain criteria is met, the rights are transferred to the new owner and the first owner would no longer have the ability to access the sold content. The content itself could be on a device or be cloud based, and the original content provider and the store could receive part of the proceeds.
source: USPTO via AppleInsider
1. rodkurt (Posts: 128; Member since: 29 Nov 2012)
why don't they just focus on making good phones...
5. procopiojose (Posts: 132; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
apple don't care if ios is the most stupid os ever because people who buys iphones and think it is highend material are more stupid anyway..
6. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 7700; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Because they already have that part down packed.
13. VZWuser76 (Posts: 2902; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
It's down pat. Hopefully you're not the product of their quality control. Otherwise bad news for them.
14. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
Well you can never blame quality of their programming. It just works ... like Myxtyxpyx ... :D
10. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 385; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
Because good phones are only part of the equation. Love 'em or hate 'em, Apple is where they are because of the ecosystem they have built, and this patent application is intended to build upon that ecosystem.
2. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)
how many times are we going too see their USELESS B.S. PATENT?
3. sorcio46 (Posts: 422; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
How they are able to patent 4 circles with words inside?
4. procopiojose (Posts: 132; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
apple must must patent the word "iDiot". so no one can use it against them..
15. ZeroCide (Posts: 732; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)
I'll still use it against them. Mxyzptlk is one of the biggest ones.
7. Taters (Posts: 5757; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
Sigh, no this is just getting ridiculous. They need to crack down on all of these submissions. They should probably look into only filing a certain amount every 3 years. And they should have a penalty in place for submitting a patent that isn't approved.
8. fuzzybear (Posts: 2; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
LOL I could not help but laugh my A** off at "sorcio46" comment & I agree with "rodkurt" comment.
16. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
Patent on "Borrowing" ... any Patent on "Stealing" and "Robbing" in place? I think USPTO should call applications for Stealing and Robbing also.
17. Zero0 (Posts: 592; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
Apple is the greatest inventor of the millennium. Their creation of selling things will revolutionize the entire universe.
20. Zero0 (Posts: 592; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
That depends. In what way, exactly? Was my sarcasm not up to par?
19. Taters (Posts: 5757; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
Apple should just purchase the USPTO, the US government is probably dumb enough to outsource the operations to Apple. Or the USPTO should just change that eagle logo to an Apple logo.