A method comprising:
- receiving from a first user interface a first input from a first user specifying a first particular instant in a video other than a beginning of the video;
- in response to the first input, generating by one or more computer systems first data for inclusion in a link to the video, the first data representing the first particular instant in the video and being operable automatically to direct playback of the video at a second user interface to start at the first particular instant in the video in response to a second user selecting the link at the second user interface;
- and communicating the first data to a link generator for inclusion in the link to the video
or in human speak, something to generate links like blah#t=43s
(plus later, claim 12, that must then be processed by the system, and a lot of minor dependent claims about all of the above, etc)
However, there doesn't seem to be anything particularly non-obvious about this, given that URLs are designed to convey context about a resource. Conveying time as part of a URL does not seem any kind of invention. Can anyone think of prior art for this? Perhaps for audio, if video is elusive?