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do NOT allow non royalty free patents into W3C standards

From: Kalle Näslund <Kalle.Naslund@genpat.uu.se>
Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2001 20:34:15 +0200
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To: <www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org>
Allowing patents into standards has only one goal, to exclude the small people in the bussines, basicly reducing the competition and inovation. And giving the members of W3C a more or less exclusive right to the standard ( cross licencing patents between each other and demanding huge sums of money from the small players that then need to licence all the patents, in order to be able to produce W3C compatible software )

If one then looks at the nearly non existing time to respond to this proposal, aswell as the nearly complete lack of information about this proposal, only one conclusion can realy be drawn. The W3C do realise what it is trying to do, and is trying to quietly make this new policy change.

So this is just a move, trying to make an open standard into an more or less proprietary standard, where the standard members choose the price for being able to join, and that in turn means, that no one but the realy big companies, can compete agains the members.

So this is just yet another move, to stop competition and innovation.

I therefore urge you to NOT accept non royalty free patents into the standard. That will only result in you loosing lots and lots of goodwill, and turning from a standards organisation, into some kind of coporation steering commity.
Received on Sunday, 30 September 2001 14:43:25 UTC

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