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 posted on 08 Mar 2013, 10:00 13 0
why don't they just focus on making good phones...
5. procopiojose posted on 08 Mar 2013, 10:30 7 1
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 posted on 08 Mar 2013, 10:49 2 17
Because they already have that part down packed.
13. VZWuser76 posted on 08 Mar 2013, 15:44 3 0
It's down pat. Hopefully you're not the product of their quality control. Otherwise bad news for them.
14. rusticguy posted on 08 Mar 2013, 16:11 2 0
Well you can never blame quality of their programming. It just works ... like Myxtyxpyx ... :D
10. NexusKoolaid posted on 08 Mar 2013, 12:18 1 0
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 posted on 08 Mar 2013, 10:04 7 1
how many times are we going too see their USELESS B.S. PATENT?
3. sorcio46 posted on 08 Mar 2013, 10:11 8 0
How they are able to patent 4 circles with words inside?
4. procopiojose posted on 08 Mar 2013, 10:19 9 1
apple must must patent the word "iDiot". so no one can use it against them..
15. ZeroCide posted on 08 Mar 2013, 16:41 0 0
I'll still use it against them. Mxyzptlk is one of the biggest ones.
7. Taters posted on 08 Mar 2013, 10:56 2 0
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 posted on 08 Mar 2013, 10:56 1 0
LOL I could not help but laugh my A** off at "sorcio46" comment & I agree with "rodkurt" comment.
16. rusticguy posted on 08 Mar 2013, 17:34 0 0
Patent on "Borrowing" ... any Patent on "Stealing" and "Robbing" in place? I think USPTO should call applications for Stealing and Robbing also.
17. Zero0 posted on 08 Mar 2013, 17:35 0 1
Apple is the greatest inventor of the millennium. Their creation of selling things will revolutionize the entire universe.
20. Zero0 posted on 09 Mar 2013, 12:50 0 0
That depends. In what way, exactly? Was my sarcasm not up to par?
19. Taters posted on 09 Mar 2013, 12:48 0 0
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.