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Against standards incorporating 'patented' technology

From: Enrique A. Chaparro <echaparro@afip.gov.ar>
Date: Thu, 4 Oct 2001 14:04:44 -0400 (EDT)
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.21.0110041346380.10462-100000@katana.afip.gov.ar>

The proposed RAND policy for incorporating patented technologies
into W3C standards will cause fragmentation of the WWW, severe
inequalities, widening of the infamous 'digital gap', and lead
to end of the WWW as a democratic space. An apocalyptical view?
Perhaps... but enough number of well founded arguments have been
pulicized in this list and other forums to support that view.

Let me point out why the use of patented 'technologies' creates
severe inequalities:
since patents are mostly of a national nature, the RAND proposal
will lead to absurdities like paying fees for using certain software
implementing patented technologies in some countries, but not in
others (!?)
My country (Argentina) has a very clear patent law: software
patents are _not_ allowed; patents on discoveries, scientific theories
and mathematical methods are _not_ allowed; patents on the forms and
ways of information presentation are _not_ allowed. Therefore, we
could have a "patent-free" WW(?)W in Argentina, and a patent-restricted
WW(?)W elsewhere (!!). As ridiculous as it could sound, that is
perfectly possible.

I kindkly request W3C to do their best to keep the WWW free of
patents and other restrictions to freedom of speech.

Enrique A. Chaparro 

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