On 26th April 2018, the Multinational Corporation Sony has filed an application for a patent to store users digital rights data on the blockchain. The patent application, which was published by the US Patent & Trademark Office, has made its way to the top of the list. The patent is filed by both Sony Corp and Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Those who don’t know, Sony is the finest and Corporation throughout the world. It is a Japanese multinational conglomerate corporation headquartered in Kōnan, Minato, Tokyo. Its diversified business includes consumer and professional electronics, gaming, entertainment and financial services. It was founded in 1946 by Masaru Ibuka.
Sony’s Patent Application
Sony is looking to manage and store users’ digital entitlement data on the blockchain. There are numerous possible implementations of DRM on the blockchain, but Sony breaks it down accordingly –
- Sony receives a public-key fueled enrollment request.
- Verification process to make sure the user has the private key to match the public key.
- A user ID is generated via the public key.
- Generating and delivering the rights blockchain having a genesis block including the user identifier to the user.
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Sony’s Aim Behind This Patent Application
Sony aims to remove pain point in the DRM process, which can be resolved by Blockchain technology. The way that businesses use DRM technology now is to engage a third-party vendor for a digital rights locker or other data storage methods that let users access their digital entertainment. Sony warns in the patent application:
“However, these conventional solutions may not be very reliable and rely on one unique point of failure. If the rights locker provider or system goes out of business or otherwise fails, the user loses all the acquired content.”
Sony further explained that Blockchain-fueled DRM would remove the need for the third-party service provider and create a host of possibilities, erasing the friction in the process and giving Sony and its customers more control of data.Data can be for various types of content or other data, such as movies, television, video, music, etc.
The user ID would then determine the rights of the customer, “such as one user having the same or different rights on different devices, users sharing rights (e.g., family accounts or primary/subordinate accounts), temporary sharing of rights (e.g., lending, demo models)”.
Disclaimer – The above-written information is based on the Patent Application which can visit by yourself on the above-mentioned link.