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Thoughts on your Patent proposal

From: Henrik Jönsson <henrik@storatorg.nu>
Date: Tue, 9 Oct 2001 11:57:57 +0200
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To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
Hi W3c.
After I read your proposal for patented webcontent I started to 
think. What would have happend with the world wide web if it started 
out as a patented ruled media? It surely would not be such a mayor 
impact as it is today ..

I also wonder what will happen with the old applications that almost 
everything on the web builds/derives on .. And what about the TCP/IP 
protocol? Can anyone just go in and patent it?
Have we learned nothing from the pharmasuitical business where they 
are able to create patents on genes that we all have in our bodies? 
It lead to that for instance breastcancer research must pay enourmous 
money to the company owning both the breastcancer genes .. I can see 
a simular development on the web and it's tools since the web until 
this day has been a open media which creates a genuine feeling with 
people that we all are a part of it.
Sure, maybe none of the mayor companies wish to develop if they know 
that their rivals can use their code after they've released it .. But 
many of the breakthroughs have been created by people with just an 
image and the help of others ..
Anyway .. This is my way of saying that I'm not for patents on the 
web since it will lead to the death of the web in the use for real 
people, not the big companies use (which I do not wish).. How can a 
person create a personal homepage if a company holds the patent for 
example HTML?

Henrik Jönsson, Sweden
Received on Tuesday, 9 October 2001 05:58:34 UTC

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