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A system for controlling use and distribution of digital works. The present invention allows the owner of a digital work to attach usage rights to their work. The usage rights define how the individual digital work may be used and distributed. Instances of usage rights are defined using a flexible and extensible usage rights grammar. Conceptually, a right in the usage rights grammar is a label associated with a predetermined behavior and conditions to exercising the right. The behavior of a usage right is embodied in a predetermined set of usage transactions steps. The usage transaction steps further check all conditions which must be satisfied before the right may be exercised. These usage transaction steps define a protocol for requesting the exercise of a right and the carrying out of a right.

Title
System for controlling the distribution and use of digital works having attached usage rights where the usage rights are defined by a usage rights grammar
Application Number
8/344041
Publication Number
5715403
Application Date
November 23, 1994
Publication Date
February 3, 1998
Inventor
Mark J Stefik
Woodside
CA, US
Agent
Richard B Domingo
Assignee
Xerox Corporation
CT, US
IPC
G06F 13/372
G06F 1/14
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