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RAND proposal

From: Martin Wheeler <mwheeler@avalonix.co.uk>
Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2001 18:59:46 +0000
Message-ID: <3BB76BA1.B65097A0@avalonix.co.uk>
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
To whom it may concern:

As a very busy trainer and consultant who sees half-a-dozen different
clients per month for WWW training purposes, I have always used your
site as a prime reference.
It is authoritative, vendor-neutral and fee-free.

Your proposed licensing scheme will kill this stone dead. (You will no
longer be a fee-free site.) The result will be that I will stop using
your site, and use one of the Free / Open Software clones that will
inevitably spring up, instead. (Think mySQL here.)  Eventually (and
fairly rapidly, too), the W3C will lose its authoritative character,
because the 50-odd companies I push towards you per year, *and* their
employees, will no longer consider you as useful.

Multiply this by *all* the other consultants / trainers / schools /
colleges / universities who are your current clients, and you can see
how quickly and how far the damage will escalate.

A re-think is most definitely needed on your part.

Why don't you put it out to your clients -- openly -- on the web. Ask
*us* to help you come up with a solution?
We each need the other -- co-operation, not conflict is the way ahead in
this field.

A bon entendeur, salut.

Martin Wheeler
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