Another great post today from Martin Brinkmann, at ghacks.net, which may interest some people here:
Microsoft applies for Big Brother DRM patent
"Digital Rights Management comes in a number of forms. It can limit your ability to copy or distribute a file or media, restrict your access to a certain period of time, or limit the number of views or times you can access the data. Microsoft Corporation’s latest patent application may add another option to that list: views per user.
The patent application describes a content presentation system and method that enables content providers to regulate content presentation based on user views rather than only on time or device. The content provider may limit access to the content in a number of ways:
Limit access to the content by number of total views.
Limit access to a certain amount of views over a specified period of time.
To a number of simultaneous views.
Views limited to user age
Combinations of 1-4"
You can read the full article here:
And you can view the actual patent application, on file at the U.S. Patent Office, here: