Microsoft Awarded Patent for Peer-to-Peer DRM
Date: Friday, September 25, 2009 @ 13:23:07 UTC

Here's an odd twist that might give new life to the dying horse of music digital rights management. Microsoft has just been awarded a U.S. patent for a distributed DRM system - it works over peer-to-peer networks - which uses encrypted public and private keys as the licensing mechanism. This is significant because, while centralized music stores like Apple's iTunes have forsaken DRM, the Microsoft patent might enable peer-to-peer networks to reemerge as viable, albeit protected, content sources. Complete Article

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