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In opposition to patents on the web

From: Orri Erling <oerling@openlinksw.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Oct 2001 21:34:01 +0200
To: <www-patentpolicy-comment@w3c.org>
Message-ID: <NDBBIGMBMKKHAIHNMMLJKEBDCPAA.oerling@openlinksw.com>

I support the views presented by Alan Cox in his commentary.

The short review period and virtual lack of publicity cast doubt on the
entire process.

Furthermore, the  endorsement of patented technologies by W3C invites
formation of alternatives and tends to split and factionalize  the field,
which is in direct contradiction with the original intent.

Investing in implementing and leveraging W3C standards also becomes less
attractive as a result of potential IPR problems.

Finally the W3C takes itself out of business by supporting exclusionary
practices which are bound to develop as a result of  introducing patented
technologies to the web.  This implicitly relinquishes the W3C's leadership
in the web standardization to its largest member(s).

Orri Erling
Received on Tuesday, 2 October 2001 15:24:17 UTC

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