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Another boring standard letter which I copied and pasted off the EFF site.

From: Adrian Hesketh <a.hesketh@nymec.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2001 10:34:24 +0100
Message-ID: <429EB9DDBF66E04FAB70DD2FC77CABFA05EE08@alpha.nymec.co.uk>
To: <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 implementors. 

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. 

Sorry about the standard letter, but I'd just like to say that I would
dissaprove of any step to charge royalty fees.  The Internet should
belong to people not corporations, turn the world into a co-op!


Adrian Hesketh
Web Developer
Nymec Ltd.
Received on Tuesday, 16 October 2001 05:35:12 UTC

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