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From: Charles Geyer <charlie@oak.stat.umn.edu>
Date: Sun, 7 Oct 2001 10:52:14 -0500
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
Message-ID: <20011007105214.A16997@oak.stat.umn.edu>
The disclosure provisions seem innocous.

The RAND licensing mode activites are terrible.  They amount to W3C
endorsment of industry efforts at customer lock-in and closing off
parts of the internet.  If adopted, W3C will cease to be a standards
organization.  It will be just another industry trade group.

The RF licensing mode activities have no issues obvious to a non-lawyer.
However, their juxtaposition with the RAND is suspicious.  They seem
highly obfuscated and may have loopholes that give them effects opposite
to appearances.  Is a clear statement not possible?
Charles Geyer
Professor, School of Statistics
University of Minnesota
Received on Sunday, 7 October 2001 11:52:17 UTC

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