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Do not cater to the large corporations

From: Carolyn Hillman <nmlinux@netscape.net>
Date: Mon, 08 Oct 2001 13:09:20 -0600
Message-ID: <3BC1F9E0.1020607@netscape.net>
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
I live in the United States and I just found about this RAND licensing 
proposal Saturday. In my opinion, this proposal is a way for the big 
corporations to make more money and to eliminate small businesses. 
Microsoft, for example, has bought many ISPs over the past several years 
and have converted the accounts to where users MUST use Windows and 
their software. I know because this happened to me. I have gone back to 
using Linux for professional and business for that reason.

My proposal would be to leave the RF as the standard; however, for 
companies, Microsoft etc, that are closed source and have patented their 
technologies, they can have a RAND license. Leave open-source alone and 
specifiy that in the policy.
Received on Monday, 8 October 2001 15:09:20 UTC

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