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Micropayment Scheme Disclosure Number: IPCOM000013249D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-18

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This document describes a system for micropayments, using trusted devices, based on an existing, widely used, very successful system to address the same problem in a different context. In the music industry today, many albums are marketed around the world. Artists are paid not only for each album sold, but also receive a small amount of money for each time it is played on the radio. The SOCAN facts handbook (available online from describes the system by which they receive this money, through licenses to the radio stations and a network of regional cooperating organizations.