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standard vs. patent

From: Anoop Sarkar <tenggeri@yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Oct 2001 10:26:47 -0700 (PDT)
Message-ID: <20011004172647.72348.qmail@web10808.mail.yahoo.com>
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org

As I understand it, you cannot have a standard
(at least not a very useful one) without a 
reference implementation. Without such an
implementation, you get only a vague notion
of what the standard should be. Having to pay
royalties for the use of a reference implementation
is an abhorrent idea. 

You point out that the IETF has allowed the use
of patents. This is a false analogy (as evidenced
by several postings that have pointed this out).

By going down this path you open up a Pandora's
box of reverse-engineering questions and the use
of the DMCA to proscecute web developers.

Standards were always a way that reasonable 
consensus could be formed between developers
*without* the use of lawyers at every step.
With the inclusion of RAND, there will be
lawyers at every step. Is this what you want
your legacy to be?

Anoop Sarkar

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