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RAND objection

From: Bryan Montford <bmontford@travelnow.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Oct 2001 11:10:25 -0500
To: <www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org>
Message-ID: <KEEKJAPPLFBFCFJGDMOAIEMCCAAA.bmontford@travelnow.com>
I won’t waste time restating arguments previously made by others. But it
seems to me that there is a clear and prevalent message – Patents and Web
“Standards” should be kept as far apart from each other as possible. At
minimum, there should be complete disclosure of any license issues with any
current or proposed technology. And the W3C shouldn’t encourage entities to
pursue patents on proposed “standards” and their related technologies.

I’ve been a strong supporter of the W3C since its inception. It troubles me
to see this proposal and makes me stop and question what I’ve been
supporting all of these years.

I hope that the W3C will discontinue this current course of action and once
again embrace a mission to help further communications in our global
community.
Received on Tuesday, 9 October 2001 12:11:11 GMT

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