(12) United States Patent ao) Patent No.: Us 7,054,869 Bi
Roemke et al. (45) Date of Patent: May 30,2006
(54) METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR
FACILITATING THE PRODUCTION AND
DISTRIBUTION OF CONTENT
(75) Inventors: Edward Roemke, Avon, CT (US);
James Hodson, New Britain, CT (US)
(73) Assignee: Insworld, Inc., Avon, CT (US)
( * ) Notice: Subject to any disclaimer, the term of this patent is extended or adjusted under 35 U.S.C. 154(b) by 165 days.
(21) Appl. No.: 10/744,532
(22) Filed: Dec. 22, 2003
(51) Int. CI.
(52) U.S. CI 707/10; 707/104.1; 709/207;
709/225; 715/517; 726/27
(58) Field of Classification Search 707/10,
707/103 X, 203, 103 R, 104.1; 709/207, 709/225,206; 715/515,517; 705/28,34;
See application file for complete search history.
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6,981,281 Bl * 12/2005 LaMacchia et al 726/27
A hierarchically arranged content assembly and distribution system includes global and local administrators, the global administrators having the authorization to establish the local administrators. Global administrators have the ability to establish global content, establish global subscriber lists and assemble content for distribution to the global subscribers. Local administrators have the ability to establish local content, establish local subscriber lists and to assemble content selected from both the global and local content for distribution to local subscribers. Each local administrator thus has the ability to utilize both local content as well as content provided by the hierarchy of other administrators in order to assemble content.
7 Claims, 6 Drawing Sheets