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Patent Policy

From: Ted Bergeron <info@beebot.com>
Date: Fri, 05 Oct 2001 09:01:14 -0700
Message-Id: <5.1.0.14.0.20011005084150.00a80690@mail.beebot.com>
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
Cc: wasp@webstandards.org
Dear W3C,
         I hope that you will consider the Unisys situation where they have 
finally enforced their claim on the LZW compression used in .GIF files. For 
years their claim laid dormant and now they are enforcing their claim (see 
http://burnallgifs.org/ )

So now a perfectly fine image format has to be thrown out because most web 
site owners cannot afford to pay Unisys the $5000 per site licensing fee to 
utilize .GIF images that were created with improperly licensed graphic 
programs.

Everyone that uses the Internet has to pay for access to it in some way. If 
large companies are allowed to patent STANDARDS, this will result in 
increased costs in someway; like paying to access a web site just to read 
the content.

And it will force developers back into creating hacks and work-arounds to 
avoid having to pay some royalty to a company that happens to own the 
patent on some way of building web pages.

-- Hacks and work-arounds are exactly opposite to standards!

Don't force developers to create a hack that becomes an "unwritten 
standard" just because we cannot afford to pay a royalty to use a STANDARD!!!

Please reconsider. Standards are supposed to make the web a better place.

Let the patents be held by companies for something UNIQUE that they create! 
NOT STANDARDS.

Thank you for your time,


  - Ted Bergeron
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