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Comment on proposed patent policy change

From: Peter Toft <pto@sslug.dk>
Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2001 16:23:48 +0200 (CEST)
To: <www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org>
cc: <sslug-itpolitik@sslug.dk>, Richard Stallman <rms@gnu.org>, Eurolinux <eurolinux@eurolinux.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.33.0109301604040.1015-100000@k6.sslug>
I understand that the W3C is discussing whether
patented techniques should be allowed into standards
made by the W3C;
http://linuxtoday.com/news_story.php3?ltsn=2001-09-30-001-20-NW-CY

As chairman of the Skåne Sjælland Linux User Group with
approximately 6000 members I will strongly ask you to
reject using patents as basis of any W3C standard. The
success of the W3C standards have always been that
anyone could implement compliant software as well as
hardware based products without facing risks of patent
infringement. Accepting patent for standards will
clearly weaken the faith we all have to the W3C.

I urge the W3C to contact the EuroLinux alliance
(http://www.eurolinux.org) as well as the FSF
(http://www.fsf.org) and get input from them.

Best regards

-- 
Peter Toft, Ph.D. [pto@sslug.dk] http://www.sslug.dk/~pto

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Received on Sunday, 30 September 2001 10:23:57 GMT

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