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From: Roberto Schulz <roberto.schulz@macniak.net>
Date: Tue, 9 Oct 2001 20:47:18 -0400
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Dear W3C Patent Policy Working Group,

I'm very concerned about the recent Patent Policy Framework draft, 
which could allow W3C members to charge royalty fees for technologies 
included in web standards!

In particular, I object to the inclusion of a "reasonable and 
non-discriminatory" (RAND) licensing option in the proposed policy. I 
believe that the exclusive use of a "royalty-free" (RF) licensing 
model is in the best interests of the Internet community, and that 
RAND licensing would always necessarily exclude some would-be 
implementors.

The W3C can best continue its work of "leading the Web to its full 
potential" by continuing the tradition, of providing open-source 
reference implementations and  to promote a wide variety of 
inter-operable implementations of its open standards, by saying no to 
RAND licensing.

Sincerely,

Roberto Schulz
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