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Re: RAND Patents: A great thing

From: Brent Michalski <brent@perlguy.net>
Date: Mon, 1 Oct 2001 11:44:39 -0500
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
Message-ID: <20011001114439.A13266@perlguy.net>
Mr Simons,

I understand exactly where you are coming from. It can be real easy to see the world through "Bill's eyes" when you work for him.  But, you really need to step back and try to think rationally.  What this measure proposes benefits nobody but the large corporations, corporations who would have no problem releasing a few things here and there for the good of us all.

> Remove patents and you remove the incentives for people to invent/create new IP.  Why create new IP when you have to risk it as part of the W3C procedures?

I have seen this argument at least 10 times now from Microsoft personnel. Do you have a manual of things to say in your arguments for or against a cause???

Take a look at the Open Source world Mr. Simons. Many people are innovating and creating new "IP" every single day and they love doing it - so much so that many do not even get paid for it! Nobody if forcing Microsoft to release new "IP" - if you can't follow the rules and morals, then maybe Microsoft is in the wrong business. Changing the rules because you have the money and because they don't fit in with your business objectives is not an option. This is a global thing we are talking about here, not a corporate thing.

> Instead, the W3C should uphold, protect and encourage patents as they create and support true innovation by providing tremendous positive economic incentives.

And this would go totally against everything that the W3C was created for. And yes, I did see the "tremendous positive economic incentives" in there.  Doesn't Microsoft already have enough? A crude analogy that comes to mind for what you suggest is to whore out your mother because you can make money.  

Yes, I did say it was a crude analogy, but the bottom line is that you want to go totally against something that is good and provides many, many benefits to the GLOBAL population just to make more money...


Respectfully,
Brent Michalski

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