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Patent Policy Comment

From: Andrew Meredith <andrew@anvil.org>
Date: Mon, 08 Oct 2001 16:40:14 +0100
Message-ID: <3BC1C8DE.29FA0D88@anvil.org>
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
To Whom,

My comment is short and to the point. As an independent open source
developer/consultant I would be personally liable for any patent
problems. If this policy goes through, I will simply cease to develop
any tools or libraries that have any WWW connections. I don't have the
time or ability to do both the legal and technical work required.

I find it very sad and very worrying that we have arrived here on the
back of the fact that TBL gave all his work away for free. It strikes me
as totally against the spirit of his initial efforts. It also ignores
the fact that the freedom of developers to create code that people would
find useful, moved the web from an academic plaything to a major world
force. If it had been shackled in this way from the beginning, we would
not be having this discussion, as the web would be irrelevant.


Andrew Meredith BEng CEng MBCS AMIEE
                  The Anvil Organisation Ltd.
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Received on Monday, 8 October 2001 11:40:51 UTC

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