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Open Web!

From: John Abbe <johnca@ourpla.net>
Date: Mon, 8 Oct 2001 14:52:56 -0700
Message-Id: <a05101002b7e7c7797bd5@[192.168.0.9]>
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
Dear W3Cers,

Sorry i haven't written before. Thanks for the web. A lot.

I hear you're thinking to start including standards that are under 
patent and require a licensing fee. Please don't do that. Much of the 
beauty and power of the World Wide Web and the Internet comes from 
how open they are. If they are to achieve their full potential (still 
well in the future i am sure), we must preserve that openness, and 
not bogging developers down in the time and expense of tracking 
patents and paying royalties is part of that.

Please instead use only standards that can be used on a royalty-free 
basis. Maybe a new, separate organization could be formed to work on 
royalty-based standards.

Thanks for listening...life,
John
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