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RAND licencing would lead to incompatibility problems

From: Arto Teräs <ajt@iki.fi>
Date: Sat, 6 Oct 2001 03:18:59 +0300
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
Message-ID: <20011006031858.D3599@niksula.hut.fi>
I hereby ask the W3C not to issue any recommendations that would include
technology available under the RAND licensing terms described in the Patent
Policy Framework draft. 

For me, the word "standard" means a set of commonly agreed rules which are
designed to advance the compatibility of products from all vendors.
Standards including technology which requires licensing would force
considerable groups to develop their own technologies, which would be
royalty-free but incompatible with the standard recommended by W3C. This
would only create confusion and frustration among the end users who use a
combination of software products from different vendors.

Therefore any possible patented technology included in the standards and
recommendations should be licenced royalty-free for all users and

The requirements for disclosure described in section 7 sound helpful to
identify and prevent patent restrictions that could hinder the usability of
a standard after it has been published. Therefore I support this part of the

Best regards, 


Undergraduate CS student and researcher at Helsinki University of Technology

Arto Teräs --- See http://www.iki.fi/ajt/ for contact info
Received on Friday, 5 October 2001 20:19:09 UTC

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