The street performer protocol and digital copyrights

John Kelsey, Bruce Schneier

Abstract


We introduce the Street Performer Protocol, an electronic-commerce mechanism to facilitate the private financing of public works. Using this protocol, people would place donations in escrow, to be released to an author in the event that the promised work be put in the public domain. This protocol has the potential to fund alternative or "marginal" works.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5210/fm.v4i6.673



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