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Patent Policy

From: Julian Regel <julian@white-tower.demon.co.uk>
Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2001 19:21:09 +0100 (BST)
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.21.0109301908370.1339-100000@white-tower.demon.co.uk>
The Internet was built on open standards - that is one of the main reasons
why it has been successful and proprietry networks have all but
disappeared.

The patent proposals being put forward are an anathema to the whole idea
behind the web. We have already seen the damage done by software patents
and de facto standards: GIF and MP3 are examples of this. Small developers
are unable to innovate because of excessive license fees.

I have always had respect for the W3C but this move concerns me
greatly. The W3C has pushed for "standards compliance" in web
browsers. How will small developers be able to comply with these standards
if license fees become a stumbling block? How would Tim Berners-Lee been
able to develop the web if something fundamental such as TCP/IP had been
patented?

The proposals are fine if you want to see web standards turned into a
corporate playground, but for those of us who understood the web to be a
method of exchanging rich content in a free environment, it is a sad day.

I would urge the W3C to abandon this course of action and stand up for the
smaller developers in the world - people who, like Tim Berners-Lee, could
be responsible for the "next big thing".

Sincerly.

Julian Regel
Received on Sunday, 30 September 2001 14:22:35 GMT

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