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RAND Licensing Concerns

From: Aaron Sherman <ajs@ajs.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2001 12:03:26 -0400
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
Message-ID: <20010930120326.A6956@ajs.com>
As an individual who is actively generating specifications for upcoming
standards track efforts (pps.sourceforge.net), I'm very concerned about
RAND licensing and it's impact on my work.

If the playing field is level, and W3C and IETF standards are free
for all of use to implement, then I don't much care if *my* proposal
beats my competitors, as long as the best proposal wins.

On the other hand, if I (as a free software developer) am not free to
implement the winning proposals, then the only tolerable solution
for me is that my (possibly inferior) solution win. Applying this
sort of bias toward licensing over quality should not be part of the
W3C's mission, activities or recommendations.

Please reject RAND licensing to preserve the atmosphere of cooperative
development that fostered the creation of the Internet and of the World
Wide Web.

Thank you for your time.

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Aaron Sherman
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