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Policy vs. mechanism

From: Tim Bray <twbray@antarcti.ca>
Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2001 13:09:44 -0700
Message-ID: <3BB77C08.9030509@antarcti.ca>
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
W3C needs to think about policy and mechanism.  Is it a policy
goal that W3C recommendations remain free of intellectual-property
encumbrance?  I think this decision ought to be "yes", but it's
not clear that the W3C has ever really taken this stand or any
other.

Then, if this is the goal, how best to achieve it?  It's not
easy, given the huge number of patents, the impenetrable style
in which they are drafted, and the poor knowledge most
organizations have of even the ones they themselves own.  Some
real tactical creativity may be called for.

I certainly will neither recommend the use of, nor work on
implementations of, any W3C recommendation the use of which
may involve liability for patent royalties.

Cheers, Tim Bray, CEO, Antarcti.ca Systems
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