Communications system

  • US 8,473,552 B1
  • Filed: 08/24/2006
  • Issued: 06/25/2013
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/01/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. Apparatus to control communication, the apparatus including:

  • a controller computer system including a controller computer and a database which serves as a repository of tokens for other programs to access, thereby affording information to each of a plurality of participator computers which are otherwise independent of each other, through an Internet network, responsive to a respective authenticated user identity, wherein the controller computer system is programmed to provide access to the controller computer system via any of two client software alternatives, wherein both of the two client software alternatives allow the respective user identities to be recognized by the controller computer system and allow at least some of the participator computers to form at least one group in which members can send communications and receive communications from another of the members, wherein at least some of the communications are received in real time via the Internet network, and wherein the at least one of client software alternatives allows the controller computer system to determine whether at least one of the user identities, individually, is censored from data representing at least one of a pointer, video, audio, graphic, and multimedia such that the data that is censored is not presented by the corresponding participator computer, the controller computer system controlling real-time communications by;

    storing each said user identity and a respective authorization to send multimedia data, the multimedia data comprising graphical data; and

    if permitted by the user identity corresponding to one of the participator computers, allowing the one of the participator computers to send multimedia data to another of the participator computers.

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