Duplication Or Copying (e.g., Rerecording) Patents (Class 369/84)
  • Patent number: 11809935
    Abstract: An electronic label (e-label) device that monitors situational data and displays an e-label. When the device detects an appearance modification event trigger based on the situational data, it modifies the appearance of the e-label being displayed by the e-label device, for example, by enlarging the machine-readable portion (e.g., barcode portion) of the displayed e-label. A related method and computer program product are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE
    Inventor: Todd M. Schimmel
  • Patent number: 11710474
    Abstract: A text-to-speech engine creates audio output that includes synthesized speech and one or more media content item snippets. The input text is obtained and partitioned into text sets. A track having lyrics that match a part of one of the text sets is identified. The location of the track's audio that contains the lyric is extracted based on forced alignment data. The extracted audio is combined with synthesized speech corresponding to the remainder of the input text to form audio output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2023
    Assignee: Spotify AB
    Inventors: Rohit Kumar, Henrik Lindström, Henriette Cramer, Sarah Mennicken, Sravana Reddy, Jennifer Thom-Santelli
  • Patent number: 11630608
    Abstract: Various embodiments set forth techniques for managing metadata associated with a vblock, In some embodiments, one or more computer-readable media store instructions that, when executed by one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to perform steps including receiving a request to write data to a live vblock, wherein the request to write data is a first write request for the live vblock; accessing a merged metadata record associated with the live vblock, wherein the merged metadata record comprises metadata corresponding to metadata in metadata records for all but a last snapshot included in a set of snapshots having a metadata record; adding metadata associated with the request to write data to a metadata record for the live vblock; merging a metadata record for the last snapshot into the merged metadata record; and updating a first identifier of the merged metadata record to identify the live vblock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Assignee: NUTANIX, INC.
    Inventors: Kamalneet Singh, Rishi Bhardwaj, Karan Gupta, Vanita Prabhu
  • Patent number: 11568504
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a musical works administration service to digital music service providers (DSPs), to provide a streamlined approach for such DSPs to comply with copyright licensing, accounting, and reporting requirements. The service receives, from the DSP, information relating to sound recordings used by the DSP during a relevant time period. Using several matching techniques, the service identifies specific musical compositions embodied in each sound recording, and also determines corresponding publisher-share information. Subsequently, the service employs several mechanisms to attempt to obtain licenses for publisher-shares that are not already covered by preexisting client licenses. Based on the client's usage of such sound recordings and other related information, the service also performs accounting, reporting, and payment operations for the client.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: MUSIC REPORTS, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Shanley, Richard Revilla, Roger Ging, Ronald H. Gertz, Miller L. Watkins, III, William B. Colitre, II
  • Patent number: 11188541
    Abstract: A Join method in a database management system according to an embodiment of the invention comprises: in a memory of a storage medium, which processes data stored within a computer memory, when a new record is added to a bucket of a first table including only a basic key of another table, dividing the bucket in a case where there is no free space in the bucket; and on the basis of a fact that at least one bit of each of the new record and a first record having existed in the bucket before the dividing thereof is different from an upper bit thereof, storing one of the first record and the new record in the divided bucket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: INDUSTRY ACADEMIC COOPERATION FOUNDATION OF YEUNGNAM UNIVERSITY
    Inventor: Gyu Sang Choi
  • Patent number: 11005910
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media are disclosed for extracting data from web applications. An exemplary embodiment includes monitoring web traffic between a client terminal and a server, the web traffic corresponding to a user's interaction with a web browser to send a request for data, such as a web page, from the client terminal to the server. A data log is created reflecting the monitored web traffic, and processed to extract the request for data. A command is generated for accessing the server based on the request for the data that was extracted from the data log. When the generated command is executed, it downloads the data from the server to the client terminal. Some embodiments are able to specify a pattern to search for in the downloaded web page, search the downloaded data for the pattern to identify data of interest and provide the identified data to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (FREDDIE MAC)
    Inventor: Qiming He
  • Patent number: 10885235
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for developing a product. A product development environment comprises a system. The system further comprises a virtual product online world manager and a transformer. The virtual product online world manager is configured to manage elements for a product under development in a virtual product online world. The transformer is configured to exchange the elements with a number of product development systems developing the elements over a network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Matthew M. Symmonds
  • Patent number: 10631035
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure include systems, methods, and non-transitory computer readable media configured to provide a respective customized portal and a respective unique user identifier for each of a plurality of respective celebrity users of a media system, the media system capable of providing media content, social content, and market content to a first set of users of the media system, each of the respective customized portals being at least partially controlled by the respective celebrity user. One or more content items presented through a first respective customized portal are identified. A purchase transaction request is received from a particular user of the first set of users for a first content item of the one or more content items presented through the first respective customized portal. The purchase transaction request is processed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Silicon Beach Media II, LLC
    Inventor: Jonathan Eubanks
  • Patent number: 10587911
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure include systems, methods, and non-transitory computer readable media configured to provide a respective customized portal and a respective unique user identifier for each of a plurality of respective celebrity users of a media system, the media system capable of providing media content, social content, and market content to a first set of users of the media system, each of the respective customized portals being at least partially controlled by the respective celebrity user. One or more content items presented through a first respective customized portal are identified. A purchase transaction request is received from a particular user of the first set of users for a first content item of the one or more content items presented through the first respective customized portal. The purchase transaction request is processed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Silicon Beach Media II, LLC
    Inventor: Jonathan Eubanks
  • Patent number: 10489369
    Abstract: A content preview of a content item stored in an online storage system can be viewed on a client device without the content item itself being downloaded to the client device and without the use of software associated with the content item being installed on the client device. Furthermore, data storage and processing requirements can be minimized by creating and storing only one content preview for each unique content item. The content item can be identified by using the content item as a hash key in a hashing algorithm. The resulting unique identifier can be used to search a preview index that lists all created content previews and their location. A content preview is only created if one does not exist. The unique identifier can be used to locate the content preview and return it in response to a preview request by a client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: DROPBOX, INC.
    Inventors: Ziga Mahkovec, Nikrad Mahdi, Christopher Beckmann
  • Patent number: 10446134
    Abstract: A system and method for identifying special information within a voice recording is provided. Training to identify a speaker is performed. A voice recording including utterances by at least two speakers is processed to identify segments of the voice recording provided by the speaker. Remaining segments of the voice recording are designated as provided by another speaker. A text element that corresponds to a request for information is identified in at least one of the segments of the voice recording provided by the speaker. A predetermined duration associated with the identified text element is applied to one of the segments of the voice recording of the other speaker occurring immediately after the segment of the voice recording from the regular speaker with the identified text element. The utterances from the other speaker occurring within the predetermined duration are identified as special information and rendered unintelligible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Intellisist, Inc.
    Inventors: Howard M. Lee, Steven Lutz, Gilad Odinak
  • Patent number: 10237320
    Abstract: This disclosure concerns the providing of media, and more particularly to the streaming of media. In one example embodiment of a method for streaming an audio content item to an electronic device, the method comprises: receiving a first data message comprising instructions from an electronic device to return a preview segment associated with a selected audio content item, the preview segment being a portion of the selected audio content item; retrieving said selected audio content item from a first storage; analyzing audio content of the retrieved audio content item to locate a portion of the selected audio content item to be used as the preview segment; extracting the located portion of the selected audio content item from the retrieved audio content item; and transmitting the extracted portion of the selected audio content item unencrypted to the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: SPOTIFY AB
    Inventors: Ardit Bajraktari, Luc Succes, Tristan Jehan, Bror Simon Hofverberg, Niklas Martin Gustavsson, Pär Mikael Bohrarper, Babar Zafar
  • Patent number: 10157434
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a musical works administration service to digital music service providers (DSPs), to provide a streamlined approach for such DSPs to comply with copyright licensing, accounting, and reporting requirements. The service receives, from the DSP, information relating to sound recordings used by the DSP during a relevant time period. Using several matching techniques, the service identifies specific musical compositions embodied in each sound recording, and also determines corresponding publisher-share information. Subsequently, the service employs several mechanisms to attempt to obtain licenses for publisher-shares that are not already covered by preexisting client licenses. Based on the client's usage of such sound recordings and other related information, the service also performs accounting, reporting, and payment operations for the client.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: MUSIC REPORTS, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Shanley, Richard Revilla, Roger Ging, Ronald H. Gertz, Miller L. Watkins, III, William B. Colitre, II
  • Patent number: 10134440
    Abstract: A method for producing an audio-visual slideshow for a video sequence having an audio soundtrack and a corresponding video track including a time sequence of image frames, comprising: segmenting the audio soundtrack into a plurality of audio segments; subdividing the audio segments into a sequence of audio frames; determining a corresponding audio classification for each audio frame; automatically selecting a subset of the audio segments responsive to the audio classification for the corresponding audio frames; for each of the selected audio segments automatically analyzing the corresponding image frames to select one or more key image frames; merging the selected audio segments to form an audio summary; forming an audio-visual slideshow by combining the selected key frames with the audio summary, wherein the selected key frames are displayed synchronously with their corresponding audio segment; and storing the audio-visual slideshow in a processor-accessible storage memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: KODAK ALARIS INC.
    Inventors: Wei Jiang, Alexander C. Loui, Courtenay Cotton
  • Patent number: 9818446
    Abstract: A method according to one aspect of the present disclosure includes the steps of: acquiring a play list including identification information indicating each of a plurality of elementary streams; selecting an elementary stream indicated by predetermined identification information from the acquired play list; acquiring a difference file including data that is not included in the selected elementary stream; and converting the selected elementary stream into an MP4 file format by combining data included in the difference file and data included in the selected elementary stream based on a manifest file corresponding to the selected elementary stream, the manifest file being necessary for the conversion of a file format based on a predetermined rule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tadamasa Toma, Tomoki Ogawa, Hiroshi Yahata, Masayuki Kozuka, Kaoru Murase, Masaya Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9582507
    Abstract: Methods and systems for network-based purchase and distribution of media are disclosed. The purchase and distribution of media by these methods and systems are not only secure but also controlled. The security restricts access to media within media files during downloads as well as while stored at a server and/or client. For example, a potential purchaser can search and browse through numerous media items on-line that are available for purchase. The potential purchaser can thereafter purchase one or more media items on-line with great ease. Upon purchasing a media item, the content for the media item can be downloaded over the network to the purchaser. The content for the media item is then encrypted for the purchaser's use and stored on the purchaser's machine. Thereafter, the purchaser can make use of the media item (e.g., play the media item). Improved graphical user interfaces suitable for reviewing, browsing, previewing and/or purchasing numerous media items are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Patrice Gautier, Max Muller, Thomas Burkholder, Jeffrey L. Robbin, Dave Heller, Thomas Dowdy, Mike Wiese
  • Patent number: 9244637
    Abstract: A sever apparatus is configured to transmit designated image information including designated preview image data having a generally used format and is used to previewing designated image based on the designated proprietary data and designated accompanying information having a generally used format and is accompanying information of the designated image to the communication apparatus that output the designated proprietary data through the network interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masayuki Ishibashi
  • Patent number: 9111311
    Abstract: Disclosed are apparatus and method for facilitating a purchase in conjunction with media content information. The apparatus includes a receiver configured to receive a transmission of media content, information regarding the content, and information for facilitating a purchase of at least one of a copy of the content, a good, and/or a service. The content may include broadcast media content and entertainment media content. The apparatus also includes a processor configured to process the information regarding the content and the information for facilitating a purchase of the copy of the content, the good, and/or the service. The apparatus also includes a display device for displaying information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Inventor: Alexander I. Poltorak
  • Patent number: 8929188
    Abstract: A content transmitting apparatus and the like which execute copy control of content more securely than conventional, and can count copy number correctly according to the situation, even in the case where content transfer is interrupted are provided. The content reproducing apparatus for transmitting content that is digital copyrighted work including a plurality of content blocks includes: the content reproducing unit which reads out content and the like from the DVD; the control unit which repeats, for each of the plurality of content blocks, transmitting in parallel with the content blocks, the copy control information indicating copy permission of the content, the content identification information identifying content, and the content status information indicating status of the content blocks in the overall content; the data building unit; the transmission unit; and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Naoki Ejima
  • Patent number: 8879370
    Abstract: An optical disk apparatus which conducts overwriting of data on a rewritable optical disk or conducts write-once recording of data on a write-once optical disk includes a control unit for receiving a recording command which specifies a recording area and orders recording and receiving transfer data, and a collation unit for collating existing data on the optical disk with the transfer data. Upon reception of the recording command and the transfer data by the control unit, the existing data is collated with the transfer data by the collation unit, and overwrite recording of data in places where the transfer data is different from the existing data is conducted on the rewritable optical disk, or data in places where the transfer data is different from the existing data is recorded in an unrecorded area of the write-once optical disk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignees: Hitachi Consumer Electronics Co., Ltd., Hitachi-LG Data Storage, Inc.
    Inventor: Masayuki Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 8837913
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a copying method including, deriving a first time requested by a process in a first transmission device that interrupts transmission to a copying destination device to transmit a copying object to the copying destination device, detecting a second transmission device that transmits the same copying object to the copying destination device during the process that interrupts transmission to the copying destination device following after interruption point and deriving second time in which the detected device transmits the copying object to the copying destination device, deriving third time in which the copying destination device is set in a non-reception state for the copying object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Yuki Kaneko, Masahiko Okamura
  • Patent number: 8760981
    Abstract: There are provided an optical disc device and its recording/reproducing method for managing the management information about plural optical discs efficiently. In the present invention, the management information about the plural optical discs is stored in a memory. Moreover, the management information about part or all of the optical discs stored in the memory is recorded in the optical disc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignees: Hitachi-LG Data Storage, Inc., Hitachi Consumer Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuo Mutsuro, Yutaka Nagai, Koichiro Nishimura, Masakazu Ikeda, Osamu Kawamae
  • Patent number: 8731192
    Abstract: A data generating is device capable of preventing unauthorized extraction of plaintext content between decryption processing and digital watermark embedment processing. A content reproducing device obtains restoration information and, in accordance with the restoration information, selectively performs predetermined restoration processing and processing of embedding device unique information, on content data at a position shown by the restoration information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Masaya Yamamoto, Senichi Onoda, Minehisa Nagata, Kaoru Murase
  • Patent number: 8665680
    Abstract: A recording/reproducing apparatus, for producing a virtual disc independent upon a host PC, and for managing virtual discs with an easy operation, comprises a CPU 100, a memory 101, a storage I/F 102, an external I/F 103, a device portion (DP) controller portion 201, a virtual device portion (VDP) controller portion 202, a virtual serial ATA 601, a virtual ATAIP 602, and at least two (2) or more numbers of recording/reproducing apparatuses, wherein it is notices to a HOST PC that a device is connected to the device portion when a virtual disc is produced, and the virtual disc is cut off and also information corresponding thereto is deleted when taking out or an order of taking out is made from the HOST PC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignees: Hitachi Consumer Electronics Co., Ltd., Hitachi-LG Data Storage, Inc.
    Inventors: Haruki Matono, Toshihiro Kato, Shimpei Usui
  • Patent number: 8582410
    Abstract: A master strategy adjustment method includes performing first recording on a master with a predetermined strategy, performing first measurement of an evaluation value of the master of the first recording, forming a first optical disc based on the master after the first recording, performing second measurement of an evaluation value of the optical disc formed as the first optical disc, calculating a target value of the evaluation value of the master based on a difference with the first measurement evaluation value and the second measurement evaluation value, and adjusting the strategy so that the evaluation value with regard to the master matches the target value, performing recording on the master with the adjusted writing strategy, performing measurement of the evaluation value of the master, and performing determination of whether the evaluation value is within a predetermined range with the target value as a reference until an affirmative result is obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony DADC Corporation
    Inventors: Akiya Saito, Toru Aida, Shinobu Hayashi
  • Patent number: 8532291
    Abstract: The usability while performing copy control can be enhanced in the case of recording a digital broadcast program for which recording of one generation is permitted (“Copy One Generation”). When an output route in the case of copying digital contents from a first recording apparatus to a second recording apparatus is via LAN, authentication is executed between the first recording apparatus and the second recording apparatus. The capability of a move process with a predetermined copy number of multiple copies being kept is confirmed, and dedicated key information is shared to be used for encryption and decryption of the digital contents moved with the predetermined copy number of multiple copies being kept. Then, the digital contents recorded and managed in the first recording apparatus is added with the information about the predetermined copy number of multiple copies, and transmitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Hitachi Consumer Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sadao Tsuruga, Hiroo Okamoto
  • Patent number: 8526610
    Abstract: A novel method and apparatus for protection of streamed media content is disclosed. In one aspect, the apparatus includes control means for governance of content streams or content objects, decryption means for decrypting content streams or content objects under control of the control means, and feedback means for tracking actual use of content streams or content objects. The control means may operate in accordance with rules received as part of the streamed content, or through a side-band channel. The rules may specify allowed uses of the content, including whether or not the content can be copied or transferred, and whether and under what circumstances received content may be “checked out” of one device and used in a second device. The rules may also include or specify budgets, and a requirement that audit information be collected and/or transmitted to an external server. In a different aspect, the apparatus may include a media player designed to call plugins to assist in rendering content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Intertrust Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Talal G. Shamoon, Ralph D. Hill, Chris D. Radcliffe, John P. Hwa, W. Olin Sibert, David M. Van Wie
  • Patent number: 8472291
    Abstract: Disclosed is an optical disk barcode forming method wherein, as information to be barcoded, position information for piracy prevention, which is a form of ID, is coded as a barcode and is recorded by laser trimming on a reflective film in a PCA area of an optical disk. When playing back the thus manufactured optical disk on a reproduction apparatus, the barcode data can be played back using the same optical pickup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshiho Gotoh, Mitsuaki Oshima, Shinichi Tanaka, Kenji Koishi, Mitsuro Moriya
  • Patent number: 8422348
    Abstract: A method for reproducing digital data and identifying the same by executing a software program stored in a memory of a computer is disclosed. The method includes: reading digital data; identifying total size of the digital data; saving the digital data as a temporary file; receiving a request for selecting at least one target medium, wherein the target medium is used for storing the digital data; determining a quantity of the target medium to be used for writing; writing the digital data into the target medium; generating a list text file and an index text file into each target medium, wherein the list text file includes information regarding to the content stored in each target medium respectively and the index text file includes information regarding to the content in all target medium; and building an index database of the digital data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Datatronics Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Ming-Hsun Liu, Chung-Hsuan Tsai
  • Patent number: 8413908
    Abstract: The invention relates to an optical security mark that can be applied to an object, said mark comprising a structure made of a metamaterial that generates a magnetic response to incident radiation having a wavelength (?) corresponding to a specific code of formula ?r(?) where ?r is the relative magnetic permeability of the metamaterial and ? is a wavelength of the incident radiation having a value of between 15 nm and 1100 nm, or a specific code of formula ?(?r) or combinations of said codes. Said mark has a first tranverse dimension bx in a first transverse extension of the metamaterial and a second transverse dimension by in a second transverse extension of the metamaterial, different from the first transversal dimension, the first transverse dimension and the second transverse dimension each being at least equal to the wavelength (?) of the incident radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Universitat Politecnica de Valencia
    Inventors: Alejandro Jose Martinez Abietar, Carlos Garcia Meca, Javier Marti Sendra
  • Patent number: 8400897
    Abstract: Provided is a storage mechanism that readably migrates a content of data from one recording medium to another over generations in a readable manner and provides the contents of the records from a current recording medium. A read/write controller comprises a mechanism for preparing an archive recording medium of a first generation having a plurality of records recorded therein and a mechanism for migrating the records from the recording medium of the first generation to a recording medium of the next generation (the third generation subsequent to the first generation) and further to recording media of following generations one by one. The migration mechanism generates migration information including a mapping table between record numbers of the first generation and a current generation and holds the migration information as data in the recording medium of the current generation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Itagaki, Yutaka Oishi
  • Patent number: 8391110
    Abstract: A playback device reads a BD-J application from a BD-ROM and runs the BD-J application. The BD-J application causes, by using a socket connection API, the digital copy module of the playback device to execute copying of a protected content for portable terminals to a removable recording medium and setting of a resume playback point on the copied content. The resume playback point is specified by the BD-J application according to playback time information read from the PSR set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Keiichi Tanaka, Hidetaka Oto, Toshihisa Nakano, Takahiro Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 8391118
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a data processing unit which executes a copy process for recording data recorded on a first medium onto a second medium, and the data processing unit executes a questionable data discrimination process for discriminating questionable data which is highly likely to be not normally reproduced in a reproduction process in which a reproduction program different from a dedicated reproduction program to the data recorded on the first medium is applied, and executes at least any of processes, which include a questionable data deletion process for deleting the questionable data from a copy target or a warning notification process for notifying a user of a possibility that copied data will not be normally reproduced, according to the discrimination result in the questionable data discrimination process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Shinobu Hattori, Kenjiro Ueda, Yoshiyuki Kobayashi, Motoki Kato, Kazuo Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8385177
    Abstract: A content transmitting apparatus and the like which execute copy control of content more securely than conventional, and can count copy number correctly according to the situation, even in the case where content transfer is interrupted are provided. The content reproducing apparatus 10 for transmitting content that is digital copyrighted work including a plurality of content blocks comprises: the content reproducing unit 11 which reads out content and the like from the DVD 30; the control unit 12 which repeats, for each of the plurality of content blocks, transmitting in parallel with the content blocks, the copy control information indicating copy permission of the content, the content identification information identifying content, and the content status information indicating status of the content blocks in the overall content; the data building unit 15; the transmission unit 16; and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Naoki Ejima
  • Patent number: 8339910
    Abstract: The present invention is a dubbing device for dubbing data from a portable first recording medium such as a CD-DA (compact disc digital audio) to a second recording medium such as a hard disk drive (HDD), in which dubbing to the second recording medium with a large capacity is automatically carried out when reproducing data from the first recording medium. When data is reproduced from the first recording medium, database means is searched on the basis of identification information for the first recording medium and execution control of dubbing is performed in accordance with the result of search for recording history information. For example, whether or not data to be reproduced from the first recording medium has been already recorded on the second recording medium is discriminated, and dubbing is carried out if the data to be reproduced data has not been recorded on the second recording medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Shigetaka Kudo
  • Patent number: 8325917
    Abstract: A data generating device is capable of preventing unauthorized extraction of plaintext content between decryption processing and digital watermark embedment processing. A content reproducing device obtains restoration information and, in accordance with the restoration information, selectively performs predetermined restoration processing and processing of embedding device unique information, on content data at a position shown by the restoration information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Masaya Yamamoto, Senichi Onoda, Minehisa Nagata, Kaoru Murase
  • Patent number: 8305860
    Abstract: An information processing device including a data processing section which executes control of a copying process where recording data on a first medium is recorded onto a second medium, and a data conversion section which executes data conversion in the copying process, where the data processing section acquires position information of a packet, which corresponds to an angle change point, based on conversion data generated by the data conversion section and executes an updating process on a reproduction control information file where angle change point position information of data before conversion which is recorded in the reproduction control information file included in copy target data is changed to angle change point position information of data after conversion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Shinobu Hattori, Kazuo Yamamoto, Motoki Kato, Yoshiyuki Kobayashi, Kenjiro Ueda
  • Patent number: 8295141
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for forming a pattern, containing: stacking a master having at least a two-dimensional pattern or a three-dimensional pattern formed thereon and a pattern-transferring material containing at least a recording layer which changes a state thereof as light is transmitted thereto; and transmitting light to the recording layer so as to transfer the pattern of the master onto the recording layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Deguchi, Kawori Tanaka
  • Publication number: 20120250173
    Abstract: An electron beam writing method for writing a fine pattern that includes servo patterns and groove patterns, the method including the step of adjusting an exposure amount of the resist by changing, when controlling application timing of the electron beam by an ON/OFF signal to a blanking unit that blocks the electron beam, an application duty ratio of the electron beam by the ON/OFF signal with respect to each writing radius position for each pattern based on sensitivity variation data of the resist with respect to post exposure delay for each pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Applicant: FUJIFILM CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ikuo TAKANO
  • Patent number: 8279545
    Abstract: A method of transferring data of one or more rotatable data storage devices includes but is not limited to rotating the at least one rotatable data storage device; transferring the data between a plurality of stationary data transfer heads and the one or more rotatable data storage devices; and using one or more computer programs to determine which of the plurality of stationary data transfer heads are to be used to transfer a first portion of the data between the plurality of stationary data transfer heads and the one or more rotatable data storage devices and the direction in which the first portion of the data is to be transferred. In addition to the foregoing, other method aspects are described in the claims, drawings, and text forming a part of the present application. Other methods and apparatuses are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: W. Daniel Hillis, Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Edward K. Y. Jung, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8279735
    Abstract: A method for identifying digital data and reproducing the same by executing a software program stored in a memory of a computer is disclosed. The method includes: reading a plurality of source mediums; identifying digital data of the plurality of source mediums; saving the digital data as a temporary file; receiving a request for selecting a target medium, wherein the target medium is used for storing the digital data of the plurality of source mediums; determining a quantity of the target medium to be used for writing according to the size of the digital data and the size of the target medium; and writing the digital data of the plurality of source mediums into the target medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Datatronics Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Ming-Hsun Liu, Chung-Hsuan Tsai
  • Publication number: 20120243395
    Abstract: A method and system of replicating data stored on a storage device where an update is stored in a snapshot. The update includes a copy of at least one portion of the data stored on the storage device. Metadata relating to the update is also stored. The replica is periodically updated by copying the contents of the snapshot into the replica in accordance with the stored metadata. After the replica is updated, the snapshot can be deleted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2011
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Inventor: Christopher John Farey
  • Patent number: 8264934
    Abstract: The present invention is a method and apparatus for multitrack recording of audio information using handheld digital electronic devices such as suitably equipped portable digital music players. Recording of video tracks by digital electronic devices to complement the audio is also contemplated. One device serves as a master; the remainder are slaves. A key aspect of the invention is the transmission of start and stop recording signals by the master, which facilitates synchronization of the various tracks. In certain embodiments of the invention, some slaves may begin preliminary sampling of audio information prior to the start recording signal. This prepares these slaves to begin the actual track recording without delay. Upon receiving the command to start recording, each slave chooses as the first frame of its, say, audio track that sample closest to the time the signal to record was received. The task of stopping recording is typically handled similarly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: BBY Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Nigel Waites
  • Publication number: 20120218877
    Abstract: In the case where a spare area management method using an NAP of a spare area on a recordable medium is applied to a spare area management method of a spare area on a rewritable medium, in order to alleviate a recording stop caused by retry over in a replacement process or unnecessary conversion processes in a record/reproduce device, the NAP is updated in a format process or in the replacement process in such a way as to avoid defective blocks within the spare area which is registered as Unusable Cluster or Usable Cluster Type 2 entries on the DFL.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2010
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Inventor: Kenji Akahoshi
  • Patent number: 8254216
    Abstract: The content copying system pertaining to the present invention is a content copying system in which multiple devices (11-14) cooperate to copy content to a removable recording medium (31). The first device (11) comprises a writing unit for writing first management data which includes content identifiers (hash1˜hash4) to the removable recording medium (31). A second device (12) storing content pieces (ep2, ep4) copies content pieces (ep2, ep4) corresponding to the content identifiers (hash2, hash4) included in the first management data to the removable recording medium (31). Another second device (13) which has a content piece (ep3) stored thereon copies, to the removable recording medium (31), the content piece (ep3) corresponding to the content identifier (hash 3) written to the removable recording medium (31).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuma Takeuchi, Yoshiaki Iwata
  • Patent number: 8248904
    Abstract: A recording and reproducing unit includes: a first optical head having at least one route of laser beam irradiation system that irradiates an optical disc recording medium with a laser beam; a second optical head having plural routes of laser beam irradiation systems that irradiate the optical disc recording medium with laser beams; and a control part that performs control of, while allowing the laser beam irradiation system that the first optical head has to execute recording of information in the optical disc recording medium, allowing the plural laser beam irradiation systems that the second optical head has to execute simultaneous reproducing of the information recorded in the optical disc recording medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Yuichi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 8230186
    Abstract: A hybrid recording device having a non-volatile semiconductor memory and a recording magnetic disk includes a mapping unit that maps a first recording area in the recording magnetic disk and a second recording area in the non-volatile semiconductor memory, and a controller that controls an access to the second recording area mapped by the mapping unit when there is an access instruction to the first recording area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Seiji Toda
  • Patent number: RE43517
    Abstract: A method for protecting disc copy of the present invention includes the steps of detecting an identifier of a disc to be reproduced and determining if a disc copy is permitted or not using copy protection disc information and the identifier. A recording and reproducing apparatus having a disc copy-protection function of the present invention includes a reproducing drive for reading data from a disc, a recording drive for writing data on other disc, storage unit for storing a copy-protection disc information for judging whether a disc copy is permitted or not, and control unit for controlling a disc copy from the disc in the reproducing drive to the other disc in the recording drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: LG Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Sang On Park, Yong Hee Han
  • Patent number: RE44044
    Abstract: A CD player, including a CD drive, which receives a CD and reads compressed digital audio data recorded thereon, and an integrated circuit chip, which decompresses the compressed data and produces a non-compressed audio output. Preferably, the data are compressed by MPEG compression, most preferably by MPEG Layer-3 compression, so that the data are compressed approximately 12-fold, and the CD contains over 800 minutes of high-quality stereo sound recording.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: TechSearch, LLC
    Inventors: Joel Vidal, Ari Krashin
  • Patent number: RE47053
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and system for providing audio service to a client through a communication network. A user subscribes to the service and the user's access to audio files is contingent upon authorization and validation. Once authorized, the user may access and stream out audio date files, or similar types of files, to the client device through the communication network. Metrics are maintained for the play-out of each audio file and payment may be allocated to an owner of rights in the audio file based on the play-out statistics. The user may maintain customized play lists on the server for playing out preselected audio files. A play list may be sent to another user. The server may also be configured to select audio files not previously selected by the user based on the user's past selection behavior or based on the user's stated preferences. The audio files identified by the server are then suggested to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Benhov GMBH, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph St-John Drosset, Michael Kim, Christopher J. Bottorf, Juan C. McMillan