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Patents and standards are mutually exclusive

From: Peter Holt Hoffman <peter@OpenSourcerers.Com>
Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2001 13:34:33 -0400
Message-ID: <000501c149d6$2c0c09e0$0201a8c0@opensourcerers.com>
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Dear Sirs,


I will not knowingly support any "standard" which involves a patented
technology.  For example, I do not support GIFs because of patent issues.

The Internet and the Web succeeded because anyone could contribute and did.
Patents are inherently contrary to such openness.

    Sincerely,

    Peter Hoffman
    9 Ladbroke Road
    Greenville, SC 29615
Received on Sunday, 30 September 2001 13:34:43 GMT

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