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Re: Patents to be Auctioned

From: Renato Golin <renato@ebi.ac.uk>
Date: Sat, 19 Jan 2008 11:50:53 +0000
Message-ID: <4791E41D.2030101@ebi.ac.uk>
To: martin.hepp@uibk.ac.at
CC: dudley.mills@bigpond.com, semantic-web@w3.org

Martin Hepp (UIBK) wrote:
> What is creativity but a few thousand neurons firing and establishing 
> a new link? And you want to charge mankind for this tiny, one-time 
> bio-chemical firework, which was running on a neural network (your 
> brain) that would not exist without the 30+ years of input provided 
> from the world that has been surrounding you, for free?

Not to say input from *our* free work (such as Semantic Web), I think we 
all can claim profit from his patents at the end of the day...

> Maybe the W3C should implement a rule that anybody using W3C-based 
> technology (including the WWW as a whole), protocols, or mailing lists 
> must not patent any invention facilitated by that. So individuals and 
> enterprises can chose whether (1) they work and invent off-line, in 
> the dark, and charge others for their creative output, or (2) use the 
> power of the Web but share their fruits in turn with all fellow humans.

WWW GPL 3, that would be nice! I'd love to see that!


cheers,
--renato
Received on Saturday, 19 January 2008 11:51:10 GMT

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