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problem #1: the authors

From: <Mathias.Picker@virtual-earth.de>
Date: Thu, 4 Oct 2001 09:51:14 +0200 (CEST)
Message-Id: <200110040751.DAA10185@tux.w3.org>
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
One other thing: allowing the choice of royalty-free vs. rand license is
contrary to (my) common or business sense. If it is at all possible,
every corporation is _required_ to press for a RAND licensed standard.
The whole point of business is to generate money, so they will do if you
give them the chance. And a rand license would be a  license to print money.

And that points to the main flaw of the proposal: it's written by
business representatives (sorry). 

That leads to conflicting interests: as standards commitee members 
they should oppose patents, as business members it's in their best
interest to force patents on the w3c.

Looks like they try really hard to do that ;)

Cheers, Mathias

If it's not clear from the above: I really think every standard must be
implemented only with royalty-free technology. If not, the w3c and the
internet will suffer.

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