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From: Brian Powell <bpowell@osc.edu>
Date: Fri, 5 Oct 2001 22:19:27 -0400 (EDT)
To: <www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.33.0110052206240.7774-100000@bphome.osc.edu>
Dear Patent Policy Working Group,

As a web developer and administrator of an academic network, I
strongly object to the portion of the Patent Policy Framework draft
which deals with "reasonable and non-discriminatory" (RAND) licensing
of WWW technologies.

One of the major factors in the explosive growth of the WWW has been
the open and royalty-free access to the underlying protocols and
technologies.  I applaud the W3C for historically providing
open-source reference implementations and promoting a wide variety of
interoperable implementations of its open standards.  Changing that
tradition to allow encumbered web standards would only exclude most
academic, small-business, and open-source web developers and result in
the WWW being even more a haven for large corporations instead of the
envisioned "information superhighway" where everyone has a chance to
be seen and heard.  It would be one more step towards making the web
just another glossy advertising brochure.

I believe that the exclusive use of a "royalty-free" licensing model
is in the best interests of the Internet community, and would help
keep the Work Wide Web accessible to all, especially open source,
academic, and free software developers.

Brian Powell    <bpowell@osc.edu>    http://www.osc.edu/~bpowell/
     Senior Systems Manager, The Ohio Supercomputer Center
Phone: 614-292-6017               PGP public key at the above URL
Received on Friday, 5 October 2001 10:20:29 UTC

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