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Procedural problem

From: Sean Crist <kurisuto@unagi.cis.upenn.edu>
Date: Mon, 1 Oct 2001 08:59:10 -0400 (EDT)
To: w3t-pr@w3.org, janet@w3.org, ijacobs@w3.org, mcf@w3.org, site-comments@w3.org, jfa@w3.org, jbrewer@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.SOL.4.21.0110010845450.7283-100000@unagi.cis.upenn.edu>


Please forgive me for sending this message to so many addresses; it was
not obvious from the W3C web page who I should contact.

I am writing to request that there be an extension in the period for
public comment on a possible change in W3C's policy regarding patents.  
The last day for comments was yesterday, but the matter appears to have
hit the media only in the last two or three days, judging from the sudden
burst of activity related to this topic on sites such as slashdot.org and

I am sure that many individuals, such as myself, have very strong feelings
on the matter and would like an opportunity to comment now that the matter
has become publicly known.  There are enough of us who are opposed on
moral grounds to software patents that for W3C to embrace patents could
well lead to the formation of a rival standards body; this would
obviously be in nobody's best interest.  The matter is likely to be
inflamed if there is a general public perception that the matter was not
made generally known until the period for comment had nearly expired.

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