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No RAND licensing

From: W. A. Winn, D.D., Ph.D. <DrWinn@LinuxWindow.com>
Date: Fri, 05 Oct 2001 02:16:57 -0400
Message-ID: <3BBD5059.EA0D6DE4@LinuxWindow.com>
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
Dear W3C Patent Policy Working Group:

I am against the recent Patent Policy Framework draft, which could allow W3C members to charge
royalty fees for technologies included in web standards.

In particular, I object to the inclusion of a "reasonable and non-discriminatory" (RAND)
licensing option in the proposed policy. I believe that the exclusive use of a "royalty free"
(RF) licensing model is in the best interests of the Internet community, and that RAND licensing
would always necessarily exclude some, especially among open source and free software
developers.

Thank you for your work to promote open standards. Please continue, by saying "no" to RAND
licensing.

Dr. W. A. Winn
31 Christopher Street,
St. Catharines, Ontario,
Canada, L2P1W5


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