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Against the new patent policy.

From: Simon White <simonwhite@simonwhite.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Oct 2001 16:41:51 -0700
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
Message-Id: <B5E8278D-BF6A-11D5-848E-0030654E3C30@simonwhite.com>
I've been a Web developer since 1994. Since that time I have promoted 
the W3C's open standards to clients, students, and in articles and books 
that I have written on Web development. I have continued to do this even 
though it has became unfashionable in some circles, in favor of 
basically just authoring for MSN and AOL. Now, I feel betrayed by the 
new W3C patent policy. With Microsoft in court all the time over their 
illegal monopolistic business practices, with their low-quality software 
making viruses into a significant percentage of Web traffic and 
destroying routers and even threatening to bring the Web down, when it 
is clear that they want to absorb the World Wide Web into MSN ... well, 
hearing this from the W3C now is like being kicked when you're down. 
Tariffs on interoperability are not going to promote interoperability.

Simon White

Received on Friday, 12 October 2001 19:42:07 UTC

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