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Another $0.02 against.

From: Michael Burford (GetRight) <mjb@getright.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Oct 2001 14:31:02 -0700
Message-ID: <3BC76116.2764B418@getright.com>
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
As a shareware programmer, I don't think anything can be "reasonable." 
What may be "reasonable" for a huge company with a big budget can be
impossible for a small developer.

Some of the biggest innovations and ideas have come from small groups or
even just one person...including the web browser itself; Napster; etc. 
The web and Internet would not be what it is today without the
innovations and ideas and efforts of small companies and
individuals--efforts that might be impossible or prohibitive if there
are patent restrictions and royalties.  

If there had been patent restrictions would the first Mosaic web browser
have been developed?  Would the first graphical email clients like
Eudora have been done?  Or would TCP/IP even have become a standard in
the first place--every company with its own proprietary network
protocols?  With patent restrictions, there might not even be a web or
Internet.  And the next "Internet" or "web" revolutionary idea might not
-Michael Burford
Received on Friday, 12 October 2001 17:17:09 UTC

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