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Comments on W3C patent policy

From: Paul Schreiber <shrub@mac.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Oct 2001 09:30:03 -0400
Message-Id: <200110051330.f95DU2BT009741@notquitesonic.worldfactors.com>
To: <www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org>
Dear W3C Patent Policy Working Group:

As a web user since 1994 and a developer for the past six years, I have 
been closely following W3C standards in my work.

All software I build today generates standards-compliant web pages using 
HTML 4.01 and CSS1. Should patented items be allowed into web standards, 
I will no longer be able to do this, and the web will fragment into a 
Microsoft web, an AOL web and an everyone-else web.

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, 
especially among open source and free software developers.


Paul

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