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RAD working draft

From: Joerg F.Wittenberger <Joerg.Wittenberger@pobox.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2001 12:43:37 +0200 (CEST)
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
Message-Id: <20010930104337.5CD3729A03@ajax.softeyes.net>
I have serious concerns about the sudden change in the general
licensing policy at w3c.

My business is about long term avalibility of information.  Till now I
could savely assume that data encoded in formats sanctioned by the w3c
will be useful after a long time and hence preferable over other
standards.

With the change a chance is introduced, that some data which has been
processable over many years could suddenly become inaccassiable not
for technical but juristical reasons.  This is a serious danger for
many businesses and private persons when taking into account that this
way data might be rendered useless, which would otherwise have legal
importance.

I urge the w3c not to move to adoption of this strange lisensing
policy.

regards

Wittenberger

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