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The closing of open standards.

From: Kent Rosenkoetter <Kent.Rosenkoetter@unc.edu>
Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2001 13:27:57 -0500
Message-ID: <3BB7642D.6020804@unc.edu>
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
Patents must never be allowed to interfere with open standards. The point of 
having open standards, and the point of the W3C, is to allow anyone and everyone 
to access the web in a consistent manner, and to allow anyone and everyone to 
create tools to access the web, regardless of financial or legal status. As soon 
as patents become part of the web standards, patent holders will have the power 
to demand royalties of every independent web software author, which will 
drastically reduce the available options for everyone on the web and help to 
consolidate monopolistic or oligopolistic powers.

May I never see the day I have to pay corporations (which hold almost all 
significant patents) merely so I can write my own conforming web browser. I have 
plans to do so in the near future. Should this go through my plans will die.

         The world before the fall
         Delightful is the light of dawn
         Noble is the heart of man...
                         -Cyan Garamonde, Final Fantasy VI
Received on Sunday, 30 September 2001 13:25:51 UTC

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