Patent Number: 7,089,422

Title: Embedding data in an information signal

Abstract: The present invention controls copying of an information signal, comprises the steps of prior to recording and/or transmission, applying to the information signal a substantially imperceptible modification representing copy control data including a password securely encoded according to a predetermined algorithm; upon reproduction for copying by a user, deriving (S1, S3) the copy control data from the modified information signal; comparing (S8, S9, S11, S13, S15) the derived securely encoded password with a reference password securely encoded according to a predetermined algorithm; and enabling (S5) copying of the information signal if the securely encoded password derived from the information signal and the securely encoded reference password have a predetermined relationship, otherwise disabling copying (S7). The reference password is sent to the user via a channel, which is separate from a channel used to send the information signal to the user.

Inventors: Pelly; Jason Charles (Reading, GB)

Assignee: Sony United Kingdom Limited

International Classification: G06F 12/14 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/08/02018