Data storage and access systems

  • US 7,942,317 B2
  • Filed: 01/15/2008
  • Issued: 05/17/2011
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/25/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A computer system for providing data to a data requester, the system comprising:

  • a communication interface;

    a data access data store for storing records of data items available from the system, each record comprising a data item description and a pointer to a data provider for the data item;

    a program store storing code implementable by a processor;

    a processor coupled to the communications interface, to the data access data store, and to the program store for implementing the stored code, the code comprising;

    code to receive a request for a data item from the requester;

    code to receive from the communications interface payment data comprising data relating to payment for the requested data item;

    code responsive to the request and to the received payment data, to read data for the requested data item from a content provider; and

    code to transmit the read data to the requester over the communications interface.

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