The Street Performer Protocol

J. Kelsey and B. Schneier

The Third USENIX Workshop on Electronic Commerce Proceedings, USENIX Press, November 1998.

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 is put in the public domain. This protocol has the potential to fund alternative or “marginal” works.

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Categories: Protocol Designs

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