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RAND compromise

From: Jim Jewett <jimjjewett@yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Oct 2001 09:00:07 -0700 (PDT)
Message-ID: <20011002160007.99246.qmail@web9807.mail.yahoo.com>
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
It seems that the RAND objections boil down to
"It will be illegal to create free or low-cost
implementations."  

I think this could be resolved by requiring 
that all RAND licenses be at least offered on a 
percentage basis.  

This would require some fine print; basically 
there should always be an option to license the 
whole package for no fixed fee, and no more than
10% royalties.  The exact percentage may have to 
decrease depending on which other RAND
recommendations are also included in the product.

Large corporations might still choose the 
one-time fee to lower their unit costs, but 
small companies *could* still compete,
so long as they reserved 10% of their sales
price to cover the Intellectual Property.

Free software would also remain possible, 
as 10% of nothing is still free.

-jJ


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