System and method for managing transfer of rights using shared state variables

DC CAFC
  • US 7,774,280 B2
  • Filed: 10/04/2004
  • Issued: 08/10/2010
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/17/2001
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A computer-implemented method for transferring rights adapted to be associated with items from a rights supplier to a rights consumer, the method comprising:

  • obtaining a set of rights associated with an item, the set of rights including a meta-right specifying a right that can be created when the meta-right is exercised, wherein the meta-right is provided in digital form and is enforceable by a repository;

    determining, by a repository, whether the rights consumer is entitled to the right specified by the meta-right; and

    exercising the meta-right to create the right specified by the meta-right if the rights consumer is entitled to the right specified by the meta-right, wherein the created right includes at least one state variable based on the set of rights and used for determining a state of the created right.

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