Used digital goods – next patent row between Amazon and Apple?




Used digital goods – the next patent row between Amazon and Apple?

New patent applications from Apple show a field where the next patent disputes are to be expected: it is about a system in order to sell “used” digital goods and continue to lend. For an almost identical system, but Amazon has already obtained a patent, which was also already filed 2009 – while Apple filed its patent applications in 2011 and 2012.
Used digital goods – the next patent row between Amazon and Apple?

Whether Amazon or Apple – or any other dealer of digital goods – for the customer would be the ability to sell at least some of the acquired data packets a real benefit. Everyone has a few apps on their smartphone or tablet , which is no longer used or eBooks that are already after reading boring. It would be pleasant to use licenses to the otherwise is to simply sell you. This would in the event of an App that turns out to be useless at least reduce the financial loss somewhat. And why not also an ebook may like the option to borrow securities to a friend?

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The principle of these methods is of course based on the digital rights management, which allows a user can later use to be prevented. Basically it works like this: A user purchases a software and want to use this after a while, no more, but sell to user B. This is communicated to the selling store and if approved will be from this side of the sale will be made by the user A DRM impossible to use the software, while user B can use it then. With a rental that basically works the same way, but here are the rights transferred back. With such a license can also directly transfer the actual data from device A to device B is transmitted, what is in doubt faster than a new download via the Store.

As far as no difference between the concepts of Amazon and Apple. Apple has even described an additional option of transfer: This would run locally without the involvement of the store. In this case, local software on the two devices would be responsible for ensuring that the user donating the transferred license can no longer avail.

Used in such transactions should be but also the store and / or the publisher may be involved – an option that would make this the introduction of such features palatable. Because normally, for example, a publisher earned on sale of a used book, nothing in the event of a sale of a “used” ebooks would the publisher but perhaps a stake in the “New Price”. But where the used price is a license? are value-reducing wear, dog-eared and coffee stains is not in eBooks.

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Here too, the system must have a say a word the publisher: You can set rules for resale, such as a lock-up period following the publication of a minimum price for the transfer, the number of possible handoffs or minimum time intervals between two sales. So that the new limitation on freedom in this area right again, which should also be another incentive for publishers to play along here.

Such systems would be interesting for our users in any case, although it would obviously have limitations. But an improvement on the current situation, it would be – if then at least the major suppliers Apple, Amazon and Google (with publishers) to agree on a way to transfer licenses for videos and e-books between different DRM systems could, then you would feeling mistreated as a consumer but almost like a king customer 😉


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