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RAND policy

From: Frank A. Love <falove@home.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2001 15:11:30 -0500
Message-ID: <000a01c149ec$18c8b200$be140218@hoover1.al.home.com>
To: <www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org>
I am noit a lawyer, nor do I wish to become one; but it stirkes me that the WWW exists BECAUSE of free and open standards, not despite them. For a standards body such as the W3C to adopt any "standard" or policy allowing the use of royalty based fees for use of any standard is by nature discriminitory, becuase it discriminates against those who have money and those who don't..

As far as I can see, any such restraints to the use of the Web, would render it no longer "World-Wide"- and creates the possibility of enclaves of users, who cannot, or cannot afford to, interact. The moment that happens your committee is no longer the W3C, but something else entirely. 

IF that is what you desire, so be it., but don't expect the people you will enevitably exclude to cheer.

You will find that creating the means to ensure a monopoly, by no means ensures that one will exist. I do not threaten, I merely state that any attempt to restrict my access to PUBLIC information by the use of fee's will result in my adding whatever company  tries to charge same, onto my.list of companies that  will no longer get any business from me whatsoever..

Thank you,

Frank A. Love.

Received on Sunday, 30 September 2001 16:10:27 UTC

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