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RAND Licensing is a terrible mistake

From: Moore, Louis <moore.louis@tchden.org>
Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2001 12:38:37 -0600
Message-ID: <3BB766AD.402@tchden.org>
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
I wish to voice my support for the comments made by Alan Cox and others, 
and to register my deep concern that the W3C is considering a policy 
that would permit ANY patented technology, especially those with royalties.

The amazing explosion of innovation that we experienced in the internet 
is due in large part by adopting as standards technologies free of 
patents. If the W3C adopts a policy in which RAND is part, it 
essentially capitulates to the commercial interests who would prefer to 
stifle innovation in order to maintain profits. The W3C need to set a 
level and open playing field to encourage commercial entities to compete 
on innovation and quality rather than patents and and back-room deals.

Please reject this policy.


Louis Moore
Received on Sunday, 30 September 2001 14:39:13 UTC

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