Summary: Pricing for Content in the Internet
Burkhard Stiller1, Kevin Almeroth2, Jörn Altmann3, Lee McKnight4, Maximilian Ott5
Computer Engineering and Networks Laboratory TIK, ETH Zürich, Switzerland and
Information Systems Laboratory IIS, University of Federal Armed Forces Munich, Germany
Department of Computer Science University of California, Santa Barbara, U.S.A.
Hewlett Packard Laboratories, Cupertino, U.S.A.
Edward R. Murrow Center, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, Medford, U.S.A. and
Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT, Engineering Systems Division, Cambridge, U.S.A
Semandex Networks, Inc., Princeton, U.S.A., and WINLAB, Rutgers University, New Jersey, U.S.A.
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Pricing content defines a major challenge for tomorrow's Internet, since existing models appear to be unworkable
yielding very poor results. However, the provider of content, commercial ones as well as private persons, show in a
commercialized world of interactive trade the clear need for content charging systems, which in particular are de-
manding for electronic content. Those systems generally are beyond the pure technical scope of a system and they