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January 14, 2003

A Proposed Web Bug-based Micropayment Model

Use the dreaded web bug for good, not evil. Librenix has the story. This system would have tiny overhead for each micropayment. The web bug plus the code and cookies could be as small as a few hundred bytes, perhaps less than 1 percent of the size of the typical web page. All of the actual micropayment would be automated, lowering the overhead cost for the micropayment to a properly micro amount. My guess based only on the costs of online advertising is that payments under a cent would be viable with this method. Note:Original author, come forth, and claim your user name, now that user logins should be good again.