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Re: Setback for Microsoft Ripples Through the World Wide Web

From: tom poe <tompoe@amihost.com>
Date: 16 Sep 2003 22:35:40 -0700
To: "Richard M. Smith" <rms@computerbytesman.com>
Cc: W3C Public Web Plugins List <public-web-plugins@w3.org>
Message-Id: <1063776943.11689.6.camel@localhost.localdomain>

This isn't about breaking the web, is it?  Big difference, here, I
think.
Tom

On Tue, 2003-09-16 at 19:10, Richard M. Smith wrote:
> http://www.nytimes.com/2003/09/17/technology/17SOFT.html?pagewanted=prin
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> ``The ripple effect of this could be very dramatic,'' said Daniel
> Weitzner, director of technology and society activities at the Web
> consortium. ``What you have here is the adjudication of a private
> lawsuit between two companies, and no one thought about the rest of the
> Web.'' 
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> The court ruling and its potential impact, according to Mr. Weitzner,
> points to the larger issue of the need to keep the basic software of the
> Web free of patent royalties. 
> 
> The consortium, which includes representatives from the major software
> companies and many university researchers, adopted a royalty-free patent
> policy in May after three years of debate. ``If you try to charge
> individual companies for patents on Web standards, you risk balkanizing
> the Web and breaking it,'' Mr. Weitzner said. 
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