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Standards are for everybody - not just for companies with an IP-law and royalty budgets

From: nielst <nielstnospam@aub.dk>
Date: Mon, 01 Oct 2001 21:33:11 +0200
Message-ID: <3BB8C4F7.CDEBA7E4@aub.dk>
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org

 Standards and non free Patents are not compatible. A standard should be
considered equal to traffic rules. Having to either endure accidents
when driving in the left side of the road, or paying royalties in order
to be allowed to drive in the right side, is simply not the way to make
standards.

 Until now, using W3C standards have been an insurance against IP
trouble for a lot of people, and has also kept the threshold for entry
in this area low enough to ensure anybody their fair 
chance.

 I personally, will have to dicourage use of W3C standards, and find or
help build an other standards organisation, should this enter active
use.

Niels Thomsen
Received on Monday, 1 October 2001 15:32:53 GMT

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