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Patent Policy disapproval

From: Bob Evans <robert.evans@acm.org>
Date: Fri, 05 Oct 2001 00:47:03 -0700
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World Wide Web Consortium
Patent Policy Working Group
www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org

Dear W3C Patent Policy Working Group,
I'm concerned about 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 would-be implementors.

I applaud the W3C for its tradition of providing open-source reference 
implementations and
its work to promote a wide variety of interoperable implementations of its 
open standards.
The W3C can best continue its work of "leading the Web to its full 
potential" by continuing
this tradition, and saying no to RAND licensing.

Sincerely,
Robert Evans
Software Engineer
CA, USA


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