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Allowing Patents on W3C standards will make the w3c redundant

From: Christian Schaller <uraeus@linuxrising.org>
Date: 06 Oct 2001 12:49:13 +0200
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
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I would strongly urge the W3C not to adopt a policy of allowing
patentable 'standards'. If you do then there is really no need for the
W3C anymore since the W3C don't fullfill its position of setting free
and open standards for the web anymore, instead it becomes a way for big
companies to brand their proprietary extensions.

With Microsoft controlling 70%+ of the browser market according to the
latest studies the W3C would marginalize itself completely if people no
longer can feel confident that the W3C stands for free and open
standards anymore, in constrast to Microsoft, but instead just ratifies
the proprietary add-ons created by Microsoft, IBM and others.

I mean a web developer can easily see why using open and free
technologies would yield long term advantages in contrast to using
proprietary extensions from one company, but I doubt any developer would
feel a proprietary extensions with a 'approved by W3C' stamp has any
lasting value over one with a 'approved by Microsoft with guaranteed to
work on over 70% of the browsers on the market' stamp.  

Christian Schaller
Received on Saturday, 6 October 2001 06:51:16 UTC

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