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No e-patents at W3C !

From: Mathias BAVAY <bavaym@cegramat.fr>
Date: Thu, 04 Oct 2001 09:48:16 +0200
Message-ID: <3BBC1440.36A1F5AE@cegramat.fr>
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org

I think that the main role of W3C in the world is not to patent web
standards and to promote its own, newly created patents. If we want the
internet to be open for everybody, for both rich countries and
developping countries, if we want the internet to be shared between
different operating systems, between different king of machines (PDA,
network appliance, ...), we MUST promote interoperability and provide
standards for FREE and OPEN to every developper.

The internet has succeded thanks to its openess; networks based on
private technologies have been a FAILURE, so don't kill the internet
with the RAND licencing.

I thing the solution would be to licence technologies using some kind of
open-source licence. The goal would be to enable everybody to implement
the W3C technologies, to be able to make money with these
implementations but to prevent people form adding private features
usually only usefull to prevent interroperability (to prevent things
like Microsoft and the Kerberos compatibility in Win2k, for example). To
reach that goal, you're asking the right question, but the RAND is the
WRONG answer.

Please, fight against pressure from giant companies, OUR future is in
YOUR hands !

Mathias BAVAY
Received on Thursday, 4 October 2001 03:43:11 UTC

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