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Comments on patent Policy

From: Cathy Gage <gagecathy@gci.net>
Date: Mon, 08 Oct 2001 17:18:30 -0800
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Major technology companies are pushing a key Internet standards 
organization, the World Wide Web Consortium, to adopt standards that have 
been patented. This is a grotesque idea, and it would damage the 
foundations of the open, royalty-free standards that have marked the rise 
of the Net as a useful part of our lives.

The Web works because of its openness, not despite it. So when Microsoft, 
Philips, IBM and other patent holders try to ram through a fundamental 
shift -- to a system whereby the big players might be able to collect rents 
on everything that moves online -- they are attacking the foundation of the 
Net and its usefulness.

The consortium's standards-setting work was founded in openness. It has 
promoted non-proprietary systems to ensure that all players could have a 
level field. To abandon history and precedent would be to damage the Web 

Cathy Gage
Received on Monday, 8 October 2001 21:18:34 UTC

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