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W3C proposal could allow patent grabs on standards

From: John Napolitano <JohnN@AHRCNYC.ORG>
Date: Wed, 3 Oct 2001 08:54:51 -0400
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If patented technology is endorsed in a W3C standard, 
the patent holder would be assured a virtual monopoly 
over the standard's use and could squeeze competitors, 
small businesses and the open-source community.
If you are allowing companies to license what would be an open standard,

then it's not really an open standard.
Please, keep it open.
John Nap
Received on Wednesday, 3 October 2001 08:56:23 UTC

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