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Patents violate founding principle of w3.org

From: Bill Gallagher <bill.gallagher@sympatico.ca>
Date: Thu, 4 Oct 2001 21:45:46 -0400
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
Message-Id: <20011005014519.GCIV10438.tomts12-srv.bellnexxia.net@there>
I have 3 comments:


In the declaration of your founding principles you state:

"Universal Access: 
 To make the Web accessible to all by promoting technologies 
 that take into account the vast differences in culture, education,
 ability, material resources, and physical limitations of users on
 all continents"

Use of patented technology in any part of the WEB would 
dis-infranchise a large part of the world (ie. that part which does 
not feel they must buy special software to access what has become a 
universal resource for the betterment of mankind. 

If your group cannot figure out a way to provide a web transport 
service without using patented technology - then the service should 
not be supported.

Bill Gallagher - Toronto
Received on Thursday, 4 October 2001 21:45:49 UTC

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