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
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.
Richard J. Walker
631 OFarrell St. #1701
San Francisco, CA 94109