Patents by Inventor Hank Risan

Hank Risan has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20160364816
    Abstract: A method and system for generating copyright protectable media is disclosed. One embodiment selects a media recording and generates a non-infringing reproduction of the media recording. An artistic modification is performed on the non-infringing reproduction of the media recording to form an original independent work of authorship. A simulation of the original independent work of authorship is generated the simulation being an original independent work of authorship. The original independent work of authorship is recorded.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2015
    Publication date: December 15, 2016
    Inventor: Hank Risan
  • Patent number: 9466279
    Abstract: A method and system for generating a synthetic simulation of a media recording is disclosed. One embodiment accesses a sound reference archive and heuristically creates a new sound that is matched against at least one sound in the sound reference archive. The media recording is analyzed and a synthetic sound based on the analyzing of the media recording is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Media Rights Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Hank Risan
  • Publication number: 20160239643
    Abstract: A method and system for controlling video input media is described. The method includes receiving video media via a video media input device. The video media input device is communicatively coupled with and operable in conjunction with the electronic device. The method further includes monitoring a data path within the electronic device associated with the video media. The monitoring is performed by a compliance mechanism communicatively coupled with and operable in conjunction with the electronic device. The method further includes preventing the video media from reaching a usage mechanism via the data path, the usage mechanism communicatively coupled with the electronic device. The usage mechanism is able to create an environment in which the video media can be used in an unauthorized manner. The preventing performed by the compliance mechanism is done when usage of the video media with the usage mechanism violates a usage restriction applicable to the video media.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Publication date: August 18, 2016
    Inventors: Hank Risan, Edward Vincent Fitzgerald
  • Publication number: 20160171233
    Abstract: A method for preventing unauthorized recording of media content on an Apple operating system (OS). The present method registers a compliance mechanism on a client system having the Apple OS operating thereon. The compliance mechanism comprises a framework for validating the compliance mechanism on the client system, and a multimedia component opened by the framework. The present method uses the multimedia component for decrypting the media content on the client system. The present method also prevents decryption of the media content on the client system having the Apple OS operating thereon if a portion of the compliance mechanism is invalidated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Publication date: June 16, 2016
    Inventors: Hank Risan, Edward Vincent Fitzgerald
  • Patent number: 9342662
    Abstract: A method and system for controlling video input media is described. The method includes receiving video media via a video media input device. The video media input device is communicatively coupled with and operable in conjunction with the electronic device. The method further includes monitoring a data path within the electronic device associated with the video media. The monitoring is performed by a compliance mechanism communicatively coupled with and operable in conjunction with the electronic device. The method further includes preventing the video media from reaching a usage mechanism via the data path, the usage mechanism communicatively coupled with the electronic device. The usage mechanism is able to create an environment in which the video media can be used in an unauthorized manner. The preventing performed by the compliance mechanism is done when usage of the video media with the usage mechanism violates a usage restriction applicable to the video media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Media Rights Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Hank Risan, Edward Vincent Fitzgerald
  • Patent number: 9275235
    Abstract: A method for preventing unauthorized recording of media content on an Apple operating system (OS). The present method registers a compliance mechanism on a client system having the Apple OS operating thereon. The compliance mechanism comprises a framework for validating the compliance mechanism on the client system, and a multimedia component opened by the framework. The present method uses the multimedia component for decrypting the media content on the client system. The present method also prevents decryption of the media content on the client system having the Apple OS operating thereon if a portion of the compliance mechanism is invalidated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Media Rights Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Hank Risan, Edward Vincent Fitzgerald
  • Patent number: 9219734
    Abstract: A method for automatically detecting media and implementing interaction control thereon. The present method receives a media change notification (MCN) from a non-defeatable autorun. After receiving the MCN of a media event an operation is automatically executed. The operation then initiates a controller for controlling interaction of deliverable electronic media from a media file corresponding to the media event, wherein the receiving, executing, and controlling are automatically implemented and cannot be defeated by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Media Rights Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Hank Risan
  • Publication number: 20150278533
    Abstract: A method of preventing unauthorized recording of electronic media according to one embodiment is described. The method comprises activating a compliance mechanism in response to a client system receiving media content. The compliance mechanism is coupled to the client system. The client system has a media content presentation application operable thereon and is coupled to the compliance mechanism. The method further comprises controlling a data path of a kernel-mode media device driver of the client system with the compliance mechanism upon detection of a kernel streaming mechanism operable on the client system. The present method further comprises directing the media content from the kernel-mode media‚ÄĘdevice driver to a media device driver coupled with the compliance mechanism, via the data path, for selectively restricting output of the media content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2015
    Publication date: October 1, 2015
    Inventors: Hank Risan, Edward Vincent Fitzgerald
  • Patent number: 9081976
    Abstract: A method of preventing unauthorized recording of electronic media according to one embodiment is described. The method comprises activating a compliance mechanism in response to a client system receiving media content. The compliance mechanism is coupled to the client system. The client system has a media content presentation application operable thereon and is coupled to the compliance mechanism. The method further comprises controlling a data path of a kernel-mode media device driver of the client system with the compliance mechanism upon detection of a kernel streaming mechanism operable on the client system. The present method further comprises directing the media content from the kernel-mode media device driver to a media device driver coupled with the compliance mechanism, via the data path, for selectively restricting output of the media content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Music Public Broadcasting, Inc.
    Inventors: Hank Risan, Edward Vincent Fitzgerald
  • Publication number: 20140305288
    Abstract: A method and system for generating a synthetic simulation of a media recording is disclosed. One embodiment accesses a sound reference archive and heuristically creates a new sound that is matched against at least one sound in the sound reference archive. The media recording is analyzed and a synthetic sound based on the analyzing of the media recording is generated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventor: Hank Risan
  • Patent number: 8826445
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the present invention pertains to a method and system for deterring unauthorized use of media content in a computing system and network. In one embodiment, the invention comprises detecting an unauthorized use of the media content in a computing system or network, the media content having a characteristic digital waveform format and an associated indicator for indicating to a compliance mechanism an unauthorized use of the media content. On detecting an unauthorized use of the media content, the media content characteristic digital waveform format is degraded. In this embodiment of the invention, unauthorized use is non-compliance with a use restriction applicable to the presentation of the media content in the computing system or network. In accordance with this embodiment of the invention, the media content is rendered incomprehensible to an unauthorized user experiencing the media content, thereby likely deterring further unauthorized use of the media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Media Rights Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Hank Risan
  • Patent number: 8809663
    Abstract: A method and system for generating a synthetic simulation of a media recording is disclosed. One embodiment accesses a sound reference archive and heuristically creates a new sound that is matched against at least one sound in the sound reference archive. The media recording is analyzed and a synthetic sound based on the analyzing of the media recording is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventor: Hank Risan
  • Publication number: 20140208446
    Abstract: Methods and systems for reporting information about users who obtain copyrighted media illegally using a network are provided. A particular copyrighted media from a source of copyrighted media may be associated with a user's computer. Copyright fees have not been paid for the particular copyrighted media. Information about the user of the computer is reported.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Inventor: Hank Risan
  • Patent number: 8739294
    Abstract: Methods and systems for reporting information about users who obtain copyrighted media illegally using a network are provided. A particular copyrighted media from a source of copyrighted media may be associated with a user's computer. Copyright fees have not been paid for the particular copyrighted media. Information about the user of the computer is reported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Media Rights Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Hank Risan
  • Patent number: 8713304
    Abstract: A method for controlling media sharing among a plurality of nodes in a network. The present method is comprised of availing to the network an instance of media content for sharing among the plurality of nodes by a source node communicatively coupled to the network. The present method further includes decrypting the instance of media content from an encryption local to the source node. The present method further includes encrypting the instance of media content into an intermediate encryption. The present method further includes transferring the instance of media content to a node while the instance of media content is in the intermediate encryption. The node is associated with the network. The decrypting and the encrypting and the transferring are in response to receiving a request for the instance of media content from the node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Music Public Broadcasting, Inc.
    Inventors: Hank Risan, Edward Vincent Fitzgerald
  • Patent number: 8667299
    Abstract: One embodiment of the invention is a method for providing media content while preventing its unauthorized distribution. The method includes transmitting from a client to an administrative node a request for delivery of an instance of media content (IMC); determining which content source (CS) of a plurality of CSs to provide delivery of the IMC, provided the client is authorized to receive the IMC; transmitting to the client an access key and a location of the IMC; transmitting from the client to the CS a second request and the access key; in response to receiving the second request and the access key, transferring the IMC from the CS to the client; transmitting from the client to the administrative node an indicator indicating a successful transfer of the IMC; and generating a transaction applicable to the client and associated with the transfer of the IMC to the client.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Music Public Broadcasting, Inc.
    Inventors: Hank Risan, Edward Vincent Fitzgerald
  • Publication number: 20130312120
    Abstract: A method for preventing unauthorized recording of media content on an Apple operating system (OS). The present method registers a compliance mechanism on a client system having the Apple OS operating thereon. The compliance mechanism comprises a framework for validating the compliance mechanism on the client system, and a multimedia component opened by the framework. The present method uses the multimedia component for decrypting the media content on the client system. The present method also prevents decryption of the media content on the client system having the Apple OS operating thereon if a portion of the compliance mechanism is invalidated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Inventors: Hank Risan, Edward Vincent Fitzgerald
  • Patent number: 8578502
    Abstract: A method for controlling media sharing among a plurality of nodes in a network. The present method is comprised of availing to the network an instance of media content for sharing among the plurality of nodes by a source node communicatively coupled to the network. The present method further includes decrypting the instance of media content from an encryption local to the source node. The present method further includes encrypting the instance of media content into an intermediate encryption. The present method further includes transferring the instance of media content to a node while the instance of media content is in the intermediate encryption. The node is associated with the network. The decrypting and the encrypting and the transferring are in response to receiving a request for the instance of media content from the node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Music Public Broadcasting, Inc.
    Inventors: Hank Risan, Edward Vincent Fitzgerald
  • Patent number: 8572761
    Abstract: A method for selectively controlling access to electronic media disposed on a media storage device according to one embodiment is described. The method comprises creating a first list comprising a plurality of process identification values. Each of the plurality of process identification values of the first list is associated with a software application that is accessing the media disposed upon the media storage device. The method further includes creating a second list comprising a second plurality of process identification values. Each of the second plurality of process identification values is associated with a software application that is storing data. The method further includes determining that a particular software application is creating an unauthorized copy of the media disposed upon the media storage device. The method further includes preventing the particular software application from storing a usable copy of said electronic media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Media Rights Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Hank Risan, Edward Vincent Fitzgerald
  • Patent number: 8561202
    Abstract: A method for controlling media sharing among a plurality of nodes in a network. The present method is comprised of availing to the network an instance of media content for sharing among the plurality of nodes by a source node communicatively coupled to the network. The present method further includes decrypting the instance of media content from an encryption local to the source node. The present method further includes encrypting the instance of media content into an intermediate encryption. The present method further includes transferring the instance of media content to a node while the instance of media content is in the intermediate encryption. The node is associated with the network. The decrypting and the encrypting and the transferring are in response to receiving a request for the instance of media content from the node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Music Public Broadcasting, Inc.
    Inventors: Hank Risan, Edward Vincent Fitzgerald