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Patent Policy Framework draft

From: Nancy Massey <massey@masseynet.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Oct 2001 10:48:12 -0400
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To W3C Patent Policy Working Group:

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

Specifically, 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.

Nancy Massey, President
MasseyNet.com, Inc.
215.545.8541 | voice
215.545.7726 | facsimile
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