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patented technologies in W3C standards

From: Tom Swiss <tms@infamous.net>
Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2001 13:27:23 -0400
Message-Id: <200109301727.NAA05003@holly.infamous.net>
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
Cc: tms@infamous.net

Dear Patent Policy Working Group:

     As a software developer who works with W3C standards on a daily basis,
I urge you not to loosen the W3C policies regarding consideration of
patented technologies. Open standards must remain just that - open to
_all_, regardless of ability to pay.

     The "reasonable and non-discriminatory" concept is a red herring. As
we strive to extend the benefits of digital communication to the entire
world, it should be clear that in a world where patent laws and financial
resources vary widely, the only "reasonable and non-discriminatory" fee
structure is zero.

     Thank you for your consideration.

Tom Swiss
Received on Sunday, 30 September 2001 13:25:37 UTC

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