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RAND Licensing

From: samleherisson <samleherisson@laposte.net>
Date: Mon, 1 Oct 2001 12:39:28 +0200
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Good morning

First of all I follow regularly basis tech news and only read 
this morning about the new licensing project for w3c 
recommendations; I am writing to late for my comment to be 
accepted but I do it anyway.

Even if RAND allows recommendations still to be free, it 
allows companies to ask for fees to be paid for 
recommendations based on licensed/patented technologies.

This is in complete opposition with what has made the w3c 
recommendations and standards a forward engine for Internet: 
free standards, free recommendations.

It is understood by many that Internet would be nowhere near 
its present success if it wasn't for all the free standards 
that it is based on. Non-free standards are but poor providers 
of mass evolution for the Internet or any other linked 

I don't think even a "Reasonable And Non-Discriminatory" 
licensing scheme can provide nearly the same momentum for the 
Internet and its future progress as free-licensing based work 
has for the past years.

Be wise,

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