Method of protection of data reproduction, and reproduction apparatus providing protection of data reproduction

  • US 20020031177A1
  • Filed: 11/26/2001
  • Published: 03/14/2002
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/22/1994
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A reproduction protection method for operating on main data which are conveyed by a data medium, the method comprising the steps of:

  • detecting medium protection data which are specific to said data medium and are also conveyed by said data medium;

    generating apparatus protection data which comprise at least first apparatus protection data and second apparatus protection data, wherein said first apparatus protection data are specific to a region or a country in which said main data are to be reproduced, and can not be modified by a recipient of said reproduced main data, and wherein said second apparatus protection data can be modified by the recipient to selectively define a plurality of protection levels including at least two levels which are respectively specific to adults and to children;

    defining a protection level based on said medium protection data and said apparatus protection data in combination; and

    executing reproduction of said main data in accordance with said protection level, wherein the combination of said medium protection data and said first apparatus protection data determines whether said main data are reproduced in their entirety or not at all, and the combination of said medium protection data and said second apparatus protection data determines whether said main data are reproduced in their entirety, partially, or not at all, wherein, for each combination of protection levels based on said medium protection data and said apparatus protection data,there is a corresponding range of one or more possible values of final protection level, said corresponding range extending from a least severe value to a most severe value.

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