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More than simply "don't"

From: John Jensen <jjens@primenet.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Oct 2001 08:08:44 -0700 (PDT)
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
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As reported by www.theregister.co.uk, the W3C's Janet Daly wrote:-
"As of now, many comments sent to W3C's Patent Policy Comment list simply
say, 'Don't!' By responding in this manner, writers give the Working Group
nothing on which to build a constructive response or to consider." 

In my response yesterday, I hope I made clear my support for web standards
as an "internet commons" upon which patented (and non-patented) 
technologies would continue to build and compete. 

My rationale is that such a commons encourages rapid development of new
technologies.  Vendors of those technologies may decide their own strategy
for competition or cooperation as they go along.  I believe this provides
a maximum benefit for the user.  The user may test, reject, and perhaps
return to, various patented technologies as they evolve.  The technologies
(and vendors) must prove themselves to the market in order to earn their
licensing fees.

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