Duplication Or Copying (e.g., Rerecording) Patents (Class 369/84)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
  • 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.
  • 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: 8218941
    Abstract: A method and system to control at least one audio/video recording system. A first embodiment is a method to control at least one audio/video recording system. The method includes receiving audio/video stream, storing the audio/video stream in a storage module, and synchronizing the recording of the one or more audio/video files by a media burner module on recording media, such as a DVD, flash memory, or an equivalent non-volatile recording medium. A second embodiment is a system having modules for the acquisition of audio/video signal, modules for storing the audio/video files in a storage module, and a module for synchronizing the recording of the audio/video files by a media burner module on recording media. These embodiments can be applied in several wired and wireless communication applications, even combinations of wired and wireless technologies including, but not limited to, IEEE 802.16 wireless applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Monsoon Multimedia
    Inventor: Vadim Dagman
  • Publication number: 20120163149
    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: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2012
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Applicant: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Naoki EJIMA
  • Patent number: 8194519
    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: February 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Naoki Ejima
  • Patent number: 8165292
    Abstract: Methods and systems for secure distribution of an original audiovisual stream constituted of a set of transport packets encapsulated according to a plurality of transport protocols suitable to be transmitted to a receiving device compatible with one of the said transport protocols include the steps of: generating a protected audiovisual stream from the original stream by modifying at least one of the original transport packets, and a complementary stream including digital information suitable from the protected stream, reconstituting on the receiving device the original audiovisual stream from the protected stream as function of the complementary stream, wherein the protected audiovisual stream includes a set of modified transport packets that are different from the corresponding original transport packets at modification positions, and the modification positions are in the complementary stream, the modification positions being generated according to each transport protocol of the plurality of transport p
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Nagra France
    Inventors: Octavian Folea, Didier Lesteven
  • Patent number: 8139927
    Abstract: An information recording apparatus includes a recording medium receiver to receive a recording medium whereon information may be recorded by the apparatus and a non-volatile memory to store management information about the recording medium provided in the recording medium receiver. The management information provides information about whether or not data can be recorded on the recording medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Marumori, Morio Aoki, Hiroyuki Tarumizu
  • Patent number: 8139453
    Abstract: When receiving the reproduced data from the optical disc and buffering same, the buffering from the correct position can be started on the basis of the synchronous signal and the address information included in the sub data which was received simultaneously. There is provided a method for controlling the buffering of the main data which is reproduced from the optical disc, in which the main data and the sub data are received with taking word clocks which are partitioning timings having plural bits of the main data as a unit as references, a synchronous signal which is in synchronization with the main data is generated, and the buffering of the main data is started on the basis of the synchronous signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Shiro Shimizu, Naoyuki Kashii, Hiroshi Yao, Kiyokatsu Matsui
  • Patent number: 8135114
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for creating an answer tone for a computing device with phone capabilities or a telephone is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Mspot, Inc.
    Inventors: Daren Tsui, Edwin Ho, Derek Lyon
  • Patent number: 8134903
    Abstract: Degraded digital data is distributed from a server 1 to each user A, B, C, and D. An encrypted degradation compensation module is also delivered to the digital data duplicating apparatus 2 for the user A. The digital data duplicating apparatus 2 decrypts the encrypted degradation compensation module using its own encryption key, when playing digital data, to generate a 100% degradation compensation module. This module is applied to the degraded digital data to compensate the degradation thereof. An encrypted degradation compensation module of which the degradation compensation capability is reduced is delivered from the user A to the user B. The user B can use the encrypted degradation compensation module of which the degradation compensation capability is reduced from the user A to replicate the degraded digital data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: KDDI Corporation
    Inventors: Koichi Takagi, Masaru Sugano, Yasuhiro Takishima
  • Patent number: 8130952
    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: July 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Intertrust Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Talal G. Shamoon, Ralph D. Hill, Chris D. Radcliffe, John P. Hwa
  • Patent number: 8125871
    Abstract: A recording apparatus that records data to an optical disc is disclosed. The recording apparatus includes a determination section that determines, when the optical disc is inserted, whether or not the recording condition information has been copied and recorded in the data recording area, a reading section that reads the recording condition information from the low recording-density area when the recording condition information has not been copied or recorded in the data recording area, and a recording section that copies and records the recording condition information read from the low recording-density area to a copy area in the data recording area while the optical disc is inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Hideki Nagashima
  • Publication number: 20120033537
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a method for making copies of a master disc is described. The method includes receiving a master disc. The method also includes capturing an image of a label on a first side of the master disc. The method also includes generating a data image of data stored on the master disc. The method also includes making one or more copies of the master disc using one or more blank discs. Making the one or more copies includes recording the data image onto a data side of each of the one or more blank discs and printing the image of the label on an opposing side of each of the one or more blank discs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Publication date: February 9, 2012
    Applicant: RIMAGE CORPORATION
    Inventors: David Michael Hassler, Samir Mittal, Kevin Lowell Stagg, Christoper Ashley Wells
  • 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