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Re: The Once and Future Web

From: Jason Antony <s1118355@student.gu.edu.au>
Date: Thu, 4 Oct 2001 14:38:38 +1000
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Daniel Phillips wrote:

<snip /> 

> So if we count the thumb as a finger then
> you're right, we don't have to go to the second hand.

Ah, *but*:

 - Susan Lesch's message doesn't commend RAND, it only praises the document 
   as "excellent from a mechanical standpoint". No mention of RAND.

 - Gerald Lane's standpoint leaves me confused. While his first
   para indicates support for RAND, his closing para goes thus:

        <quote>The W3C Patent Policy Framework Proposal will never provide  
        complete certainty for specification developers and product         
        implementers. We should allow the technical experts to work         
        unencumbered by complicated rules and leave the patent issues for   
        discussion outside of the standards organizations.</quote>

   By this, does he mean standards orgs [a la W3C] should stay out of
   proposing such frameworks, or that they shouldn't dictate how patent
   holders may implement their "IP" in standards?

   The more I read it, the more the latter seems the one. Leave him in.

 - Alex Simons of Microsoft: no comment :-) although I wonder if it
   could've been forged. Has anyone verified the IP ad. in the msg header?

 - Daniel Weitzner - I couldn't find a single instance where he commends
   RAND per se without quoting the PPF draft. Still, we'll leave this one

 - Janet Daly has merely posted the text version of W3C's response to our
   comments, which is mirrored at http://www.w3.org/2001/10/patent-response
   Again, no personal commendation.

So now, we're down to what, two or three comments in favour of RAND's 


P.S.: Here are the links:

> One from Susan Lesch, w3.org:
>   http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-patentpolicy-comment/2001Sep/0005.
>   html
> One from Gerald Lane, IBM:
>   http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-patentpolicy-comment/2001Sep/0006.
>   html
> One from Alex Simons, Microsoft:
>   http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-patentpolicy-comment/2001Oct/0017.
>   html
> One from Daniel Weitzner, W3C:
>   http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-patentpolicy-comment/2001Oct/0197.
>   html
> One from Janet Daley, w3.org:
>   http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-patentpolicy-comment/2001Oct/0189.
>   html
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