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Recent Patent Policy Framework Draft

From: Baba Kofi Weusijana <Kofi@edutek.net>
Date: Sun, 14 Oct 2001 08:28:57 -0500
Message-Id: <a05101000b7ef42de2aa0@[]>
To: "World Wide Web Consortium Patent Policy Working Group " <www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org>
Dear W3C Patent Policy Working Group,

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

In particular, 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 

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.

Baba Weusijana
10265 Parkwood Dr. #7
Cupertino, CA 95014
Received on Sunday, 14 October 2001 09:31:02 UTC

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