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Proprietary standards.

From: Rob Landley <landley@trommello.org>
Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2001 10:30:37 -0400
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
Message-Id: <01093010303702.06279@localhost.localdomain>
You remember RAMBUS?  Attempt to insert patent-based proprietary leverage 
into the commodity memory standard?  Remember Unisys bringing up a previously 
unknown patent on GIF?  (It's done wonders for them from a marketing 
perspective, hasn't it?)  Remember the bypassing of the various encryption 
patents, and the rise of alternatives like DSA and blowfish?

You're about to throw away the geek community's respect for the W3C.  And 
we're the people who write software.  That's about as stupid as Johnson and 
Johnson universally alienating physicians.

I'm a full time programmer, and I will not only boycott anything as stupid as 
the GIF patent, but I will work dilligently to implement and improve any 
alternative to your patented technologies.

Don't do this.  It's suicidally stupid.  We will bypass you.  We will surpass 
you.  Will will make fun of you.  And eventually, we will completely ignore 

Received on Sunday, 30 September 2001 14:31:17 UTC

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