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Something that scares me

From: Jason Antony <s1118355@student.gu.edu.au>
Date: Thu, 4 Oct 2001 10:35:09 +1000
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
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From the terms of the RF license:

(f) Royalty-Free License
> 
>     A "Royalty-Free License" also called "RF License" shall have the same
>     characteristics as a RAND License, except that a Royalty-Free License:

<snip /> 

>      3. shall not be considered accepted by an implementer who
>         manifests an intent not to accept the terms of the
>         Royalty-Free License as offered by the licensor.


So does this mean that %licensor% may offer patents for implementation, but 
on the condition that it cannot be implemented on certain platforms, say 
GNU/Linux or OpenBSD?

Apparently, even the RF license is not equivalent to their current work.

W3C, this is another clause that has the potential to limit deployment of 
free/open source software.

Kindly consider this in your next draft.

Regards
Jason

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