Digital content delivery system transaction engine

  • US 7,272,842 B2
  • Filed: 03/29/2001
  • Issued: 09/18/2007
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/29/2001
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A system for delivering digital content on demand in a multiple unit environment, the system comprising:

  • a server local to the multiple unit environment, the server including a memory storing the digital content and content metadata about the digital content stored in the memory of the server, and capable of supporting multiple simultaneous asynchronous accesses to the digital content;

    a billing system for billing each individual unit based on use of the digital content, the billing system coupled to the server and the content metadata including a plurality of default rates for the digital content, a plurality of custom rates for the digital content, and a plurality of rate keys, each rate key associated with at least one of the custom rates;

    at least one access system in a plurality of units in the multiple unit environment, the access system designed to access the digital content stored in the memory on the server; and

    a user profile including user metadata including at least one of the rate keys;

    wherein the billing system is configured to;

    access a default product rate of the default rates for the digital content;

    access a default category rate of the default rates for the digital content;

    provide the default product rate or the default category rate as a selected default rate based on an existence of the default product rate; and

    select a rate for the digital content from among the default rates and the custom rates in response to the rate key of the user metadata.

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