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Patent Policy Framework draft

From: Jon Osborn <jonosborn@yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Oct 2001 12:38:19 -0700 (PDT)
Message-ID: <20011005193819.99800.qmail@web13005.mail.yahoo.com>
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
Dear W3C Patent Policy Working Group:

I'm concerned about the recent Patent Policy Framework
draft. This could allow W3C members to charge royalty
fees for technologies which should never have been
allowed to be patented in the first place.

I find the "reasonable and non-discriminatory" (RAND)
licensing option particularly objectionable.
"Royalty-free" (RF) licensing is what is in the best
interests of the Internet community. RAND licensing
will always exclude some would-be implementors,
especially among open source and free software
developers.

I urge the W3C to just say no to RAND licensing.

Sincerely,

Jon Osborn
4323 Maple Ave.
La Mesa, CA 91941 US
1 619 469 0897

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