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RAND "standards"

From: Mark W. Alexander <slash@dotnetslash.net>
Date: Fri, 5 Oct 2001 16:37:52 -0400 (EDT)
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.21.0110051626090.2295-100000@llave.eproinet.com>
Allowing "reasonable and non-discriminatory" (RAND) licensing on W3C
standards is an oxymoron. There is no "reasonable" method of licensing
available to an open implementation except for a royalty free license.
There can be no standard without a freely available reference
implementation.

Allowing any non-free licensing on any standard will result in a
tearing of the Web. I stand behind Bruce Perens and HP's comments at
http://perens.com/Articles/HP_And_W3C_Standards.html that the
licensing of any technology associated with acceptable standards must
be compatible with the GPL and other OSI approved licenses. Software
under these licenses is the defacto software of the web. Any W3C
standard that is not accessible to open source developers will be
shunned; a standard on paper, but not in deployment.

Sincerely,

-- 
Mark W. Alexander
slash@dotnetslash.net
Received on Friday, 5 October 2001 16:38:36 GMT

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