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Concerns about RAND licensing terms

From: Yaron M. Minsky <yminsky@cs.cornell.edu>
Date: 30 Sep 2001 09:06:52 -0400
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
Message-Id: <1001855212.7034.48.camel@dragonfly.localdomain>
Hi.  I'm writing because I am seriously concerned about the w3c's
emerging policy with respect to patents.  The following analysis:


suggests that the w3c may end up creating standards subject to submarine
patents, which seems to me to be an enormous danger.  As an academic
myself, I am particularly concerned about the implications for academic
research based on such standards.  I am also concerned with limitations
on the creation of free software.

I believe that the w3c should require their participants to put their
cards on the table during the standards-making process.  Once that's
done, they shouldn't be able to "discover" patents that cover the
implementation of the standard that they took part in writing.


|--------/            Yaron M. Minsky              \--------|
|--------\ http://www.cs.cornell.edu/home/yminsky/ /--------|

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