Systems and methods for managing and protecting electronic content and applications

  • US 8,931,106 B2
  • Filed: 03/19/2010
  • Issued: 01/06/2015
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/09/2000
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method for managing the use of electronic content at a computing device, the method including:

  • executing a rendering application on the computing device, the rendering application being associated with at least a first digital certificate generated by a first entity if the first entity determined that the rendering application will handle the electronic content with at least a predefined level of security;

    requesting, through a rights management engine executing on the computing device, permission for the rendering application to render a piece of electronic content comprising an authorizing document, the piece of electronic content being encrypted and associated with at least a second digital certificate generated by a second entity and at least a first electronic rule,wherein the second entity associates the second digital certificate with the authorizing document if the authorizing document originated from a certified entity, andwherein the first electronic rule includes data specifying one or more conditions associated with rendering the piece of electronic content, the one or more conditions including a condition that the piece of electronic content be rendered by a rendering application associated with the first digital certificate;

    determining, using the rights management engine, whether the one or more conditions specified in at least the first electronic rule have been satisfied;

    decrypting the piece of electronic content; and

    rendering the decrypted piece of electronic content using the rendering application.

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