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reasonable and nondiscriminatory (RAND) fees for Web-standard products

From: Derk <dlovell@sginet.com>
Date: Wed, 03 Oct 2001 19:58:43 -0700
Message-ID: <3BBBD063.6F113462@sginet.com>
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
Sirs:
I am responding to the your efforts involving "reasonable and
nondiscriminatory (RAND) fees for Web-standard products."  This practice
will do nothing but endanger the open nature of the world wide web.
Government has wisely acknowledged this issue by passing legislation
that eliminated sales taxes from "online" purchases.  You in turn should
drop your efforts to hamper "online" commerce, growth and expression
through your short sighted policy on fees.  This policy amounts to a
tax.
You stand at the edge of a slippery slope.  Your efforts could very well
create a  dangerous precedent, those long reaching affects could easily
destroy a powerful and beneficial resource to many millions worldwide.
I urge you to reconsider your positions in this matter.  Thank you for
your attention in this matter.
--Derk E. Lovell (21+ years experience in banking, finance & economics)
Received on Wednesday, 3 October 2001 21:50:58 GMT

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