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Royalty Free YES, rand NO

From: Tyler R Holcomb <tylerh@alumni.caltech.edu>
Date: Sat, 6 Oct 2001 09:24:18 -0700
Message-Id: <v0421010db7e4df010508@[10.100.5.2]>
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
Dear W3C Patent Policy Working Group:

The internet has thrived on open standards. After all, the Web itself 
started with a physicist who wanted to be able to check his email. 
Going forward, we must maintain open, non-discriminatory access to 
all W3C standards  -- risk putting the internet through the same 
nightmare Uni*x went through.

In particular, I object to the inclusion of a "reasonable and 
non-discriminatory" (RAND) licensing option in the proposed policy. 
I believe that the exclusive use of a "royalty-free" (RF) licensing 
model is in the best interests of the Internet community, and that 
RAND licensing would always necessarily exclude some would-be 
implementors, especially among open source and free software 
developers.

I applaud the W3C for its tradition of providing open-source 
reference implementations and its work to promote a wide variety of 
interoperable implementations of its open standards. The W3C can 
best continue its work of "leading the Web to its full potential" by 
continuing this tradition, and saying no to RAND licensing.


Do we really want to repeat the Rambus experience, were a single 
patent holder is trying extort an entire industry, or do we keep with 
what has worked so well?


Sincerely,

tyler holcomb
2 witherspoon
Irvine, CA 92614
Received on Saturday, 6 October 2001 12:24:27 GMT

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