Re: selling an idea

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Sun Jan 28 2001 - 09:26:22 MST

"Michael B. Hubbard" wrote:
> Take a look at They actually have an idea marketplace on the
> web that is frequented by some large corporations. And the simple act of
> publishing it on the web can be enough to prove copyright. The other thing
> you can do short of registering the idea with the US copyright office is put
> your written idea in an envelope and mail it to yourself. The postmark is
> proof of when you created the work.

This is called a "Post Office Patent" and it *does not work*. Not
acceptable in court.

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Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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