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NO to RAND

From: Matthias Urlichs <smurf@noris.de>
Date: Fri, 5 Oct 2001 05:34:10 +0200
Message-Id: <p05101000b7e2d86c8a6c@[192.109.102.36]>
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
There does not exist any "reasonable and nondiscriminatory license 
fee" with respect to work which is released under an Open Source 
license, unless that fee is ZERO. This includes availability of 
documentation.

Any RAND 'license' which does not allow for free software development 
does not deserve this name and is in fact a smokescreen for 
monopolizing some aspect of the Internet. Sorry, but we DO NOT need 
any more of those.

NB: ISO experience has shown that a closed standards development 
process just doesn't work.
Example: The large number of mutually-semi-incompatible versions of 
X.25 (Layer Two), 'standardized' in various ISO/CCITT 
recommendations. (There are at least five.)
-- 
Matthias Urlichs
Received on Thursday, 4 October 2001 23:34:40 GMT

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