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RAND and the W3C Patent Policy

From: Thomas Worthington <thomas@goodmigrations.co.uk>
Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2001 21:10:26 +0100 (BST)
To: <www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org>
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The arguments put forward in the Patent Policy Working Group's FAQ, and in
the draft Patent Policy itself are simply fatuous: patents are the single
biggest threat to the web extant today. To try to include them within any
genuine "cross-party" and "open" standard is like proposing that if, in
the event of water not being available for fire-fighting, petrol will do
instead.

It is such a stupid and nonsensical idea that it is far more reasonable to
question the integrity of those proposing it than to waste time debating
the subject; either the proposers are idiots or they are liars with hidden
agendas, in either case "debate" is simply a distraction from the fight
which must take place to stop this rancid proposal.

Thomas Worthington (IT Director, Goodmigrations Ltd)
Received on Sunday, 30 September 2001 16:10:50 GMT

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