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RAND: Sounds like a disaster in the making...

From: Daniel P. B. Smith <dpbsmith@bellatlantic.net>
Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2001 13:18:12 -0400
Message-ID: <3BB753D4.3FD8FF5F@bellatlantic.net>
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
The document starts by "affirming the Web community's long-standing
preference for recommendations that can be implemented on an RF basis." 
Having given lip service to this, the rest of the document then goes on
to undercut it.

I believe this policy will cause incredible mischief. 

Look at the problems already raised by GIF and LZW, problems that have
not been resolved to this day.

It also seems to me to represent a squeeze play by large proprietary
interests against small developers and academics.  What seems
"reasonable" to an Apple or Microsoft may not be so "reasonable" to,
say, a University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point, or a Scott Watson...

Daniel P. B. Smith
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Received on Sunday, 30 September 2001 13:18:05 UTC

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