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patent policy

From: Charles J. Lingo <clingo@i-55.com>
Date: Tue, 02 Oct 2001 10:46:57 -0400
Message-ID: <3BB9D360.3B571C9F@i-55.com>
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
Gentlemen:

It is my belief that patents should be restricted to physical
hardware. Therefore any support given to software patents is
wrong in that it supports a patent that should never have been
granted. Further, all software patents should be immediately
rescinded and returned to the originators for re submission as a
copyright.

I fully realize that the W3C has nothing to do with issuing
patents or copyrights.  The problem that W3C has initiated is
the mixing of royalty generation items with "open" standards
which by the very idea of "open" must not be related to revenue
generation.

Please reconsider and then terminate any proposal that would
legitimize the collection of royalties from a "standard" that is
supposedly "open".  This is not really difficult gentlemen. If a
royalty can be demanded then it is NOT an "open standard".

Charles J. Lingo
clingo@i-55.com
Received on Tuesday, 2 October 2001 14:00:25 GMT

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