1993-06-01 - Electronic Contracts

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From: Eric Hughes <hughes@soda.berkeley.edu>
To: cypherpunks@toad.com
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UTC Datetime: 1993-06-01 15:59:13 UTC
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From: Eric Hughes <hughes@soda.berkeley.edu>
Date: Tue, 1 Jun 93 08:59:13 PDT
To: cypherpunks@toad.com
Subject: Electronic Contracts
In-Reply-To: <9306011235.AA08210@IMSI.COM>
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>I believe if you really want it to hold up, you should use the
>Bellcore document signing service.  Has anyone heard of a company
>that would provide this on a non-research basis?

The Bellcore service is properly a timestamping service and not a
signature service.  Their timestamp is constructed out of hash
functions, not digital signatures.

The algorithm is patented.  Contact Bellcore for licensing.  I'm not
sure they are going to license; they may decide that they want all the
timestamping revenue themselves.