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Just say no

From: Chip Mefford <cpm@well.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Oct 2001 11:57:10 -0700 (PDT)
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3c.org
Message-ID: <Pine.GSO.4.21.0110101152430.27229-100000@well.com>
To software patents. 

Inclusion of software patents or patents or copywrites of any kind
in any kind of standard, almost by definition make that standard
proprietary, as the "law" ends up being "owned" by someone other
than the public at large. This tips the scales pretty unfairly.

It matters not at all how liberal any party claims to be about
how "open" their copywrite or patent is, if they own it, they
control it. The world wide web is supposed to be open, lets
keep it that way, and toss a stumbling block in front of the 
large, predominately U.S. companies that seem to think they
own they own the internet and all that entails. 

Thank you.
Received on Wednesday, 10 October 2001 14:57:16 UTC

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