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I personally oppose this move

From: Ren Hoek <ren@arak.cs.hro.nl>
Date: Tue, 2 Oct 2001 11:41:46 +0100 (W. Europe Standard Time)
Message-Id: <200110020941.LAA24960@smtp9.xs4all.nl>
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
As stated in the FAQ "The second decade of the Web has already demonstrated
that patents will be a factor in the ongoing development of the Web
infrastructure."

As far as I am concerned, certainly the last few years, we can
only see numerous examples of the mess that patents are making of
the IT sector. (*cough* One-click-patent *cough*)

There is only one reason for use of patents, and that is to
make money. And while I do not oppose people making money, I do
not want to be forced to pay through the nose as a webdeveloper.
I therefor think that the W3C should keep vital and global
standards free from any such thing.

Also reading through the documentation, I came upon a ton of
"should's", and other vague promises. I do _not_ trust the US
industry to self-police, because patent abuse and other similar
strong-arm tactics are widespread. I do not wish to be locked-out,
locked-in, be NDA'd or be bullied in any other way.

Regards,

      Ren Hoek (ren@arak.cs.hro.nl)
Received on Tuesday, 2 October 2001 07:14:04 GMT

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