[Bitcoin-development] Payment Protocol Proposal: Invoices/Payments/Receipts

Michael Gronager gronager at ceptacle.com
Tue Nov 27 08:43:39 UTC 2012

Short comments:

* What if the SignedReceipt is not received AND the transactions IS posted on the p2p. Then you have payed for the goods, but you don't have a receipt. This could happen both from malice or system failures.
** Suggestion - sign the invoice with the key to which to send the transaction, the proof of payment, equivalent to a signed receipt is then in the blockchain.

This scheme would work both with or without x509, if you want to include x509, the message in the invoice could simply be signed by the x509 certificate as well.

PRO: Any user can send signed invoices, not only those with a x509 cert.
PRO: No limbo situation with no SignedReceipt
CON: This disables the use of anything but payment to key/address incl multisig etc.

However, the wast majority of use will anyway be payment to key/address.

Support of general pay to script could be supported through the payment scheme proposed earlier by Mike: No non-fee payments are accepted, except in a group - i.e. it is up to the merchant to generate the final transaction incl the fees, and that one could be to a general script. This also keeps the support of pay to general script needed for a client to a minimum.



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