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I don't like the RAND license

From: Konrad Maquestieau <konrad@shortcircuit.be>
Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2001 22:15:40 +0200 (CEST)
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.21.0109302200150.8553-100000@lambik.local>
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Well, to put it simply:I don't like the proposal of a RAND-license.

I don't understand that the w3c, who developped open standards for the
users of the web-community ***as a whole***, is thinking of licensing some
of its standards. Where is the logic? Maybe you have listened a little bit
to much to your commercial partners.

I hope you will be wise enough to understand that promoting a license will
inevitably "closed" some of your standards.

I come from the film business and I am sure that if Edison in late 1891
had licensed the 35mm filmformat (he obtained a patent for his invention
of the Kinetograph), the film industry had never evolved to what it is
now.

I hope sincerely that the whole w3c, and Tim Berners-Lee in particular (a
man for whom I have a great admiration for what he has done), re-think the
need of this kind of license.

kind regards,

Konrad Maquestieau

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