Traditionally sending a letter to yourself was the best, if not the only, way to demonstrate that you created a copyright work first.
Now there is a new service being offered at http://protected.cc/ which does the same thing but electronically.
But does this assist? My view is that this will be a great help in the U.S where they operate a first to invent system of patent registration. In the UK we operate a first to file policy so for new inventions this does not assist other than to prove the defence of concurrent invention.
This system may help a bit with copyright infringement cases where you are trying to demonstrate that the idea was original at a given point in time. However, it doesn't stop copying but may act as a deterrent to would be infringers.
If there was such a system which helped a person prove that information was imparted in an air of confidentiality this may be very useful given the amount of time that is put into non-disclosure agreements.
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