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RAND License

From: P. L. Charles Fischer <fischer@pop3.zedec.com>
Date: Mon, 01 Oct 2001 18:12:50 -0400
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To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
WWW standards should be free.  If a company comes up with a better
(patented) way to do something it should be compensated.  So how do I
reconcile these two points?

If a company wants something sanctioned by W3C is should submit a free
version of the standard.  This free version should include code to do a
reference implementation of the standard.  The company could then license a
patented or copyrighted version of the standard.  In this way the
marketplace can set the price without the W3C giving a monopoly to the company.

This should keep the free software movement going, while allowing the large
companies to reap the benefits of their R&D.

So please do not allow RANDs!

-Charles Fischer
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