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Re: Micropayments and principle 4 (retrieval is safe)

From: Elliotte Rusty Harold <elharo@metalab.unc.edu>
Date: Tue, 10 Sep 2002 07:51:55 -0400
Message-Id: <p04330100b9a38ca86a1a@[]>
To: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
Cc: www-tag@w3.org

At 9:53 AM -0500 9/9/02, Dan Connolly wrote:

>>  Perhaps this can be argued around by claiming the obligation is
>>  actually only incurred when the user signs up for the micropayment
>>  scheme, not when the user reads the page,
>>  but that doesn't really
>>  feel right to me.
>Why not?

I view this subscribing for a micropayment system as analogous for 
signing up for a credit card. Annual fees aside, having a credit card 
in no way obligates you to pay for anything, legally or morally. It's 
when you present the credit card at the point of sale and sign the 
little slip of paper that you can become obligated for that 
transaction. The micropayment case feels the same to me.


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