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Reasonable license fees for reference and free implementations

From: Daniel Barkalow <barkalow@iabervon.org>
Date: Tue, 2 Oct 2001 11:51:44 -0400 (EDT)
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.21.0110021132051.8522-100000@iabervon.org>
Overall, I am in favor of having a patent policy, which was evidentally
unnecessary at the foundation of the W3C and has evidentally not
previously been addressed.

I am concerned about the vague clause (5) in the RAND definition (4e). I
would like it made explicit who decides what a reasonable fee is, any that
it be limited to a fixed cost or a fixed small pecentage of the cost of
the implementation above the cost of distribution.

Furthermore, it must be not require any effort to perform any of the
duties according to (4e6) in the case that one is not charging any money
over the cost of distribution for an implementation.

In particular, there must be no financial or legal barriers to the
creation of no-cost or reference implementations of Recommendations. I
believe that such barriers would make the standards no longer meaningfully
"open", and would hurt their adoption.

	-Daniel
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