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From: <StonehengeTroll@aol.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Oct 2001 19:15:48 EDT
Message-ID: <32.1bce24c7.28ecf624@aol.com>
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
Dear Sirs,

I have a personal website, that only uses public-domain graphics or my own 
personal content. Therefore, your proposed policy change (i.e., to allow RAND 
fees to be charged on web-standard products) will not directly affect my 
site... yet.

Nevertheless, I must tell you that I am disturbed by your proposed change in 
policy. I agree that content-providers should receive fair compensation for 
their graphics or other content, which is used on other sites, but forcing 
these providers to charge fees seems a bit harsh. What about freeware? Is 
that now an obsolete term?

It seems to me that this policy will be almost impossible to enforce, as 
well... Unless you will be able to have the websites of alleged offenders 
disabled, which would forgo their right to due process. In lieu of this, you 
are looking at causing a whole lot of petty lawsuits, further tying up a 
legal system that is already overburdoned.

My point is, isn't there some other way to accomplish this? Your proposed 
policy change seems as though it will cause more problems than it will solve.

Thank you for your time,
Joseph Simmons
Received on Wednesday, 3 October 2001 19:15:58 GMT

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