The Green Commerce Model

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This memo defines a 'Green Model' for information commerce using the Internet. In this model, the information merchant carries all risk of non-payment. By shifting the risk of non-payment, we do not require guarantees of credit worthiness for a merchant. This allows every participant to be both a buyer and a merchant of information on the Internet. Transactions relating to accounting and settlement are performed through either the exchange of store-and-forward messages (using the 'application/green-commerce' format defined in [1]), or interactive protocol exchanges (using the 'Simple Green Commerce Protocol' defined in [2]).


Einar Stefferud (
Marshall Rose (
Nathaniel Borenstein (
Lee Stein (

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