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From: Neil Watson <usenet@watson-wilson.ca>
Date: Tue, 2 Oct 2001 09:50:09 -0400
Message-Id: <200110021350.JAA22751@voicegenie.com>
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
Over the years the World Wide Web has evolved into the greatest free speech 
soap box the world has ever known.  Vast amount of information and opinions 
are available for all to see.

This proposal to introduce patents into WWW standards greatly concerns the 
future of the Web.  What will happen to the great soap box?  Will I have to 
pay royalties to post my web page?  Will I be forced to use a certain OS and 
web browser to view some web sites and then maybe another browser for others? 
 Will my hard drive become clogged with endless browser plugins.  Each 
allowing me to view separately patented web technology?  I see the 
possibility of greater costs to the web users.  I may have to pay greater 
software and ISP costs.

If the World Wide Web is to become the media of the future.  What will happen 
if large coporations have the patents to control its content?  Does everyone 
still feel that their voice will always be heard?

Neil Watson
Network Administrator
Received on Tuesday, 2 October 2001 09:50:51 UTC

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