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Patent Policy

From: tres <class5@pacbell.net>
Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2001 11:29:28 -0600
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
Message-id: <3BB75678.5010608@pacbell.net>
This is a BAD, BAD, BAD policy.  It would allow companies like Microsoft 
to develop something
and then try to have it adopted as a standard.  Once they got it adopted 
they would constantly be
tightening the license.  Sooner or later, after the technology was 
standard and in Microsoft's
control, they would attempt to change the license to exclude free 
software.  If this policy change is
approved then it will mean that Microsoft has sucessfully invaded your 
organisation and caused
a "cancerous" infection that they can allow to slowly eat away at W3C's 
independance.

Tres Melton
Programmer at large.
Received on Sunday, 30 September 2001 14:29:31 GMT

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