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RAND is not acceptable

From: Chris Fox <foxcj@dcs.kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2001 19:51:44 +0100
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
Cc: Chris Fox <foxcj@dcs.kcl.ac.uk>
Message-Id: <20010930185149.CFEAE4CCC9@wivenhoe.demon.co.uk>
The RAND model is a bad implementation of a bad idea.  Non-free patents act 
against innovation and competition, in direct conflict with the goals of open 
standards.  They also inhibit the development of free software.  In the case 
of RAND, there is an incentive for patent owners not to disclose their 
patents, whilst encouraging the adoption of the patented technology in W3C 
standards, on which a royalty can subsequently be levied.

Please keep to the original spirit of W3C, and only allow royalty free patents 
in W3C standards.

Chris

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