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Gary Shannon wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 22, 2009 at 8:49 AM, Jim Henry <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> ´┐ŻOne method I've heard recommended is to mail
>> yourself a copy of your work and put it away somewhere unopened; if
>> your claim to prior art is ever challenged, you can have the postmark
>> examined and the enveloped openened in the presence of a sufficient
>> number of disinterested witnesses, or maybe in court.
> 
> A lawyer friend once told me this is worthless. You could have mailed
> yourself an unsealed empty envelope at an earlier date, hoping
> something would come along that you thought was worth stealing, and
> and then put anything into it at a later date and then sealed it up.

You could easily flip the envelope over so the postmark covers the 
flap.  You'd also need to seal it an a manner that shows no 
tampering because a regular envelope can still be steamed open.