Patent Number: 7,716,745

Title: Binding a digital license to a portable device or the like in a digital rights management (DRM) system and checking out/checking in the digital license to/from the portable device or the like

Abstract: To render digital content encrypted according to a content key (KD) on a first device having a public key (PU1) and a corresponding private key (PR1), a digital license corresponding to the content is obtained, where the digital license includes the content key (KD) therein in an encrypted form. The encrypted content key (KD) from the digital license is decrypted to produce the content key (KD), and the public key (PU1) of the first device is obtained therefrom. The content key (KD) is then encrypted according to the public key (PU1) of the first device (PU1 (KD)), and a sub-license corresponding to and based on the obtained license is composed, where the sub-license includes (PU1 (KD)). The composed sub-license is then transferred to the first device.

Inventors: Peinado; Marcus (Bellevue, WA)

Assignee: Microsoft Corporation

International Classification: G06F 7/04 (20060101); G06F 17/30 (20060101); H04N 7/16 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/11/12018