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6/1994 Elanderetal. 7/1996 Liu
(Continued) FOREIGN PATENT DOCUMENTS
Lacy, J. et al., "Music on the Internet and the Intellectual Property Protection Problem", ISIE '97, Guimaraes, Portugal, pp. SS77-SS83.
Business Wire, "J-Bird Records Becomes First Label to Launch a CO-Branded Download Station with AT&T's a 2b music; Site Allows sampling and Purchase of CD-quality Downloads", Business Wire, New York: Jan. 19, 1999.
Primary Examiner—Ponnoreay Pich
(74) Attorney, Agent, or Firm—Birch, Stewart, Kolasch & Birch, LLP
A digital data file encryption system and method where digital data encrypted to a high level and an encryption key are received and stored in a computer. The stored, encrypted digital data is decrypted on the basis of the encryption key and stored in a buffer of a predetermined size. Output digital data from the buffer is reencrypted to a low level of encryption and downloaded to a digital data playing device or a data storage medium. Therefore, a digital audio or video data file is prevented from being diverted in unencrypted form from a computer communication network when it is transmitted to a personal computer through the computer communication network and, in turn, downloaded to the digital data playing device. Further, the digital data playing device is prevented from rising in cost due to the use of simple encryption for data downloaded to the playing device.
6 Claims, 6 Drawing Sheets
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5,867,579 A 2/1999 Saitoetal.
5,889,860 A 3/1999 Elleretal.
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6,330,675 Bl 12/2001
6,367,019 Bl * 4/2002
6,385,596 Bl 5/2002
6,389,534 Bl * 5/2002
6,577,735 Bl 6/2003
6,751,321 Bl 6/2004
6,950,941 Bl 9/2005
2001/0016836 Al * 8/2001
2001/0042043 Al 11/2001
2002/0077984 Al 6/2002
2005/0021477 Al 1/2005
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