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Patent Policy Framework

From: Mark Gisleson <resume@gisleson.com>
Date: Mon, 01 Oct 2001 09:29:34 -0500
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I have always considered myself to be a late adopter of new technologies.
After all, I have only been online since 1993, and didn't register a domain
address until 1995.

I'm a short-term participant in the WWW compared to such industry players as
Apple, IBM and Microsoft, yet two of these companies did not even exist when
the federal government demonstrated a rare flash of genius and paved the way
for Arpanet and, eventually, the World Wide Web.

What then gives these Johnny come lately's the right pick and choose WWW
standards. Shame on you for your active consideration of this transparent
effort to subordinate humankind's greatest communication tool to the "needs"
of corporate interests.

Don't become the new RIAA. Show some common sense and integrity. The Patent
Policy Framework is a sham designed to hand over control of the Internet to
a greedy few. I am a lifelong Mac user, but I am ashamed of Apple's role in
this dastardly scheme. And, like the kids who were using Napster, I am sure
I'll find ways to circumvent any traffic lights you care to impose on the
Internet. 

It doesn't have to be this way. Open source is the future of computing and
the Internet and history will harshly judge those who oppose the further
democratization of the web.

Mark Gisleson

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