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"RAND" policy

From: Don <don@research-cistw.saic.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Oct 2001 14:17:52 -0700 (PDT)
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
Message-Id: <20011010211752.051541F465@research-cistw.saic.com>
A "Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory" policy, where internet standards are
concerned, is neither reasonable nor non-discriminitory if it requires
makers of free software to pay patent royalties to comply with standards.
Patent holders, if they would like their patents to be included in an
"open standard" should be required to make their patents available royalty-
free to any free software. "Open" in "Open Standard" should mean "available
to everyone", not "open your wallet".
Received on Wednesday, 10 October 2001 17:18:09 GMT

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