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Re: [www-patentpolicy-comment]

From: Alek Lynge <alekl@hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Oct 2001 17:50:32 +0200
To: <www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org>
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Hi.
I would like to express my concern with your resent considerations about introducing partially patents on future internet standards. I STRONGLY OPPOSE any form of patenting of any common internet standards, because the current success of the Internet and the world wide web in particular is built on free and open standards. The example is the HTTP protocol, which, although having superior competitors during its introduction, won the race and became a de facto internet standard BECAUSE it was free, open source, and available to everybody wishing to implement this transfer protocol!
If patents are introduced, probably the introduction of royalties will occur, just as in the conventional patenting systems. By introducing royalties probably around 2/3 of the Earths population will not be able to afford to pay the necessary fee to develop their own systems/or they will be stuck with the "old" internet standards, which again means, that they will be excluded from the further development of the so, so hyped global network!!! 
This, I think just a small example, and I'm sure that many others can give better examples.
SO PLEASE TAKE IN CONSIDERATION THAT THE INTERNET IS INTENDED FOR *ALL* PEOPLE, NOT ONLY FOR THE 10 WEALTHIEST COUNTRIES!!!
Hopefully any form of discussion around the patenting subject will cease for the present and future!

Best Regards!
Alek
Århus, Denmark.
Received on Wednesday, 10 October 2001 11:56:31 GMT

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