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Why standards then?

From: Raphael Bauduin <rb@raphinou.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Oct 2001 11:51:27 +0200
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
Message-ID: <20011004115127.A22368@raphinou.com>
Aren't standards supposed to be the base of interoperability?
Why then exclude a big part of the software used in the industry?
I'm workin for an ISP using almost only Free Software. Would it have been possible to develop this big ISP with proprietary technology (involving hefty fees to pay)? No!
Result: more than 100 jobs woudln't have been created.

This proposal is based on the assumption that Software patents are a good idea. However, those very same software patents are not accepted by a lot of people. They are supported only by the biggest (and the richest) companies (a very few percentage of the industry). However, lots of innovations don't come from big companies, but from start-ups......
How is it possible then to say this policy will encourage innovation, if start-ups can't afford to pay the fees to start developing their innovative products??

Raph


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