Destiny Media Technologies, developer of the Play MPE® system used by the recording industry for secure distribution of music, announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued an office action expressing the view that 11 of the 20 currently pending claims in the company’s pending watermark patent application recite allowable subject matter. The issuance moves the company closer to receiving final patents, which they now expect to receive in the next 3 to 4 months.
The technology allows the music industry to identify the source of pirated music, and has advantages over competing technologies. Destiny’s inaudible mark is nearly impossible to remove, survives compression, conversion to other formats, and broadcasting. It is faster to embed and detect, and is integrated into the industry’s web crawler used for finding illegal content on torrent and web sites. The crawler analyzes the content for Destiny’s mark to identify the source.
Destiny’s products are designed to enable anyone from large media companies to small website owners to securely distribute or broadcast their audio, video, or other digital content. Play MPE® system is used for the distribution of new pre-release music through the Internet to trusted recipients, such as radio, media, and VIPs. The system uses digital locking technology, which locks a digital file to the device that has been authorized to access the file, and digital tracing technology, which marks the file so sources of copies are easily identified. Destiny’s Clipstream® product is an innovative instant-play solution for the playback of streaming audio and video, with no player launch requirement.
Patent applications for the watermark technology are pending in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Japan. Once in place, the patents will allow Destiny to widely license the technology.
For additional information on Destiny Media Technologies, visit the company’s website at www.DSNY.com