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December 2004 update: The archiving system described below has been partly obsoleted by a wonderful decision written in October by Magistrate Judge Arlander Keys, for the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Illinois. Keys's decision establishes that webpage snapshots from the Internet Archive (aka the "Wayback Machine") are legally admissible as evidence of what existed online in the past. Hey-- that's easy! You can read a report on the decision from Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society here.
You can see the Internet Archive's records of Premises, Premises here.
Note that as of this writing, there's a six-month delay between the time that the Internet Archive spiders a site and when the corresponding snapshot becomes searchable online-- so the preceding link won't lead to any Premises, Premises ideas that have been posted recently.
The Telewizja Polska USA, Inc. vs. Echostar Satellite Corporation decision is great, but Internet Archive crawls are relatively infrequent. For a finer-grained trail of what-appeared-when on this site, accurate down to the day, Premises, Premises ideas are still timestamped, archived, and notarized in accordance with the method described below.
Here's how Premises, Premises provides foolproof evidence that its ideas were posted on the dates indicated. This procedure protects the ideas' owners by proving that they thought of them first (if, in fact, they did).
The archive files are not downloadable by the public, but if a dispute arises over an idea posted here, this site's administrator will be more than happy to provide these files as evidence to any investigator. Contact Paul, pspinrad at premisespremises dot com.
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