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policy that will enable reasonable and nondiscriminatory (RAND) fees for Web-standard products

From: Kevin Powell <k.powell@sympatico.ca>
Date: Tue, 6 Nov 2001 22:27:30 -0500
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To: <www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org>
Hello,
I have just been informed of this policy you wish to bring upon the www world. I do not know what you are hoping to achieve by this, but you will kill the internet. When you start charging royalties to corporations on the net, it will not be as noticeable, but they will not like it, and possibly take their site off the net if they do not think it is worth it.

The problem is, personal web pages. The casual Joe, like myself, will not be able to pay any sort of royalties, and thousands of web sites will close. The web is great because of all the private pages out there, not because the corporate ones there. I have a web page, as do most of my friends, and I love it. It gives me something to do, and a way to meet new people (as there is a message board on it).
Because of personal web pages I have met atleast 10 people who I have stayed in contact with for over 2 years, that is hard to accomplish in real life, but on the web, it is something that can happen. If you instate this, millions of personal pages will close, and the web will be reduced to just corporate sites. Its educational and "fun" value will be taken away from the internet, and in my opinion, will die just as fast as it came to be. 

I mean no offence to you, but if you bring this policy to reality, you are either stupid (for lack of a better word) or hungry for money. You are going to kill the best source for information in the world, along with the worlds best communication method in the world. 

I would appreciate if you could send me your views on wanting to put this policy into use, as I can not understand why. Maybe you have a good reason I have overlooked.


Kevin Powell
Received on Tuesday, 6 November 2001 22:25:33 UTC

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