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Effect of public outrage?[was Re: SVG]

From: William Loughborough <love26@gorge.net>
Date: Sun, 07 Oct 2001 07:32:12 -0700
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Chris: "There was a similar level of outrage expressed in December 1994, as 
I recall. The idea is to prevent that sort of thing, or make it a lot less 
likely."

WL: I believe this refers to a "submarine patent" incident concerning CSS 
(forgive me if it's something else). I'm not sure that it's a "Good Thing" 
to prevent such expressions of outrage since they may very well serve as 
protection against future attempts to engage in the practice of nuisance 
suits and claims of authorship.

Powerful as the members seem to be, they are very vulnerable to public 
outcries. A cursory glance at the instant archives leaves little doubt 
about the atmosphere that will surround their enterprises if they fuck with 
the flow.

"They" can't do without "us" because: we're all in this together; we're all 
members of one another. We got along fine without IBM and MS et al for a 
half million years but they couldn't get along without us for six months.

Keep those cards and letters coming.


--
Love.
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