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[FWD: Please keep "RAND" out of W3 standards]

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Subject: Please keep "RAND" out of W3 standards
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To patent-policy committee members, 
    Any patented or proprietary technology offered for use on the Internet that is sufficiently superior has the potential to become a (defacto) standard, but it should NEVER do so with the blessing or support of the W3C, whose goal has always been to support the widest availability and use of the Internet.
     The W3C should adopt the best standard that can be hammered out with free or waived-fee (RF) technology and let the patented royalty-enabled stuff, RAND or not, sink or swim on its own.
     Even no standard at all is preferable to a RAND standard that would endorse handing over effective ownership of the web to a select few large corporations. Not to mention that this is exactly contrary to all that the W3C is supposed to stand for.
Dan Spitz



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