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No RAND in Patent Policy Framework Draft

From: Scott Busby <scott_busby@yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Oct 2001 22:19:07 -0700 (PDT)
Message-ID: <20011010051907.56783.qmail@web12307.mail.yahoo.com>
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
Dear W3C Patent Policy Working Group:

I'm 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, especially among open source
and free software developers.

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


     Scott Busby
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     San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

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