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Comments on W3C Patent Policy Framework Working Draft

From: Nigel Wetters <Nigel.Wetters@itv.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 02 Oct 2001 13:56:14 +0100
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I am a professional developer working for a large British broadcaster. I also develop free software licenced under GNU GPL and Artistic License.

If W3C begins accepting standards based on RAND-licensed ideas, I believe it will become impossible for me to release free versions of standards-compliant software that can compete with commercial software.

It is difficult to define what would be a reasonable royalty when incorporating RAND-licensed ideas into free software. In commercial software, a small royalty payment could be passed onto the buyer; in free software it would completely preclude distribution.

Please discard this stupid idea.

Nigel Wetters

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