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concerns about new RAND licensing

From: Andreas Mohr <a.mohr@mailto.de>
Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2001 11:12:01 +0200
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
Message-ID: <20010930111201.A927@andi.hausnetz>

I'd like to make sure that you know that I'm concerned about your
current development of the RAND license.

Even though RAND includes the "non-discriminating" term, having internet parts
sanctioned by W3C which might be patented, non-RF could potentially have
devastating effects.
If not everybody is allowed to implement a version of this standard on its
own for free, then I still consider this to be discriminating.

It's my sincere belief that all public (internet) infrastructure should be
open, non-discriminating and, most importantly, implementable by *everyone*.
The internet infrastructure has become such an integral part of daily life
of millions of people that having certain non-free parts at the core would
be detrimental. The W3C has always been about ratification of open, public
standards. And as internet use has rapidly increased, the W3C should be
concentrating more, not less, on ensuring that all core parts remain open.

Look e.g. at the Microsoft Word .doc fiasco for the results of
having a so-called "industry standard", simply due to Word's wide use.
There are tons of good, usable office suites out there,
yet none are deemed suitable due to their limited support for a so-called
"industry standard". And they can't support it properly since it's non-free.
This is an example of a very widely used means of communication which is
discriminating against certain people. And this is probably what RAND might
encourage to a certain extent, which is why I'm concerned about RAND.

Andreas Mohr                        Stauferstr. 6, D-71272 Renningen, Germany
Received on Sunday, 30 September 2001 05:12:31 UTC

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