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Don't allow standards based on RAND Licenses

From: B.J. Herbison <bj@herbison.com>
Date: Sat, 06 Oct 2001 20:43:48 -0400
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A large potion of the web servers on the Internet are
based on freeware implementations of W3C standards.
Any standard that requires a RAND license locks out
freeware implementations.

If a W3C standard makes uses of patented technology
either 1) W3C should arrange a universal Royalty-Free
license agreement, or if that isn't possible, 2) challenge
the patent and obtain a patent office or court order
stating the relevant patent claims aren't valid.  If
neither of those options can be done the technology
must not be the bases for a W3C standard.

						B.J. Herbison
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