Google patents 'content-filter' privileges by country/geography

Google granted a patent that describes a software method for selectively restricting the availability of content on the basis of access privileges and geographical location. “Patent #7,664,751, "Variable user interface based on document access privileges," submitted to the patent office in September, 2004 and was awarded to Google on Tuesday. Like most patents, it is […]

Google granted a patent that describes a software method for selectively restricting the availability of content on the basis of access privileges and geographical location. “Patent #7,664,751, "Variable user interface based on document access privileges," submitted to the patent office in September, 2004 and was awarded to Google on Tuesday. Like most patents, it is written to be very broad, but it identifies some specific use cases. The major case it covers is a system where the availability of scanned documents, such as books and magazines, is constrained to selected portions or restricted entirely based on access privileges that are derived from copyright law and other related factors. In cases where access is limited or restricted, the patent explains that the software could supply the user with links to buy the full document.”