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From: Beth G <alexiastation@houston.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 8 Nov 2001 15:24:52 -0600
Message-ID: <001401c1689b$ce2fe730$6401a8c0@Alexia8XP>
To: <www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org>
NO!!!!!! On top of the other bills people pay>?! I just got a 50$ bill for WATER and I live in an apartment, pay for everything I use on the web, you have to be joking!

According to a story from The Register, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is trying to pass a policy that will enable reasonable and nondiscriminatory (RAND) fees for Web-standard products. It is up for public debate until October 11, 2001. At least that's what the W3C is telling us. 

If the RAND policy gets passed, and it probably will, we will be charged royalty fees on everything on the Web, including .gif files we use on our sites -- per file. Though it seems like an impossible thing to enforce, in time it will become the standard. It will start at the corporate level, with companies that fail to comply being blacklisted or worse. Then it will filter down to the consumer level. 

We at TSS think this is awful and should be eliminated at any cost. But more than that, we want to know what you think. Let us know by clicking on the Talkback feature below our poll. And let the W3C know what you think. Give 'em an earful by clicking here. 

And if you haven't taken the poll yet, now is your chance. 




      Talkback: Will the W3C destroy the Web?


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