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Re: Stop it Stop it!

From: Jason Antony <s1118355@student.gu.edu.au>
Date: Wed, 3 Oct 2001 17:33:35 +1000
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
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Carol wrote:

> Charging fee's for every file we use on the web?   Are you people nuts?

Hi Carol

this is not true. What they plan to do is allow, and endorse standards 
which contain patents that an implementor must pay royalites for. They 
cannot be used by everyone for free, without limits. This is called RAND, 
for Reasonable And Non-Discriminatory - do you think so?

The w3c has also provided for RF [Royalty-Free], which as I understand it, 
is the same as what they do now - formulate and endorse standards 
unencumbered by patents which require fees. Anyone is free to implement it 
as they wish.

Standards and patents are contradictory when the latter contains any form 
of restriction on the former's use.

Hopefully the w3c will note these voices of dissent from the world over and 
come to its senses.



"But now I've seen the payoffs, everwhere I look
 who do you trust when everyone's a crook?"

 - "Revolution Calling", Queensr˙che [1988]
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