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RAND -- "Whoops, you owe us royalties!"

From: evan orensky <evano@home.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2001 16:33:57 -0400
Message-ID: <000801c149ef$3bbcb9c0$1da32718@cc678250a>
To: <www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org>
The W3C's proposed RAND (Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory) patent policy is neither reasonable nor non-discriminatory for the thousands of producers of open-source software -- the products that run 60% of the internet. By allowing the large companies which create the standards to potentially impose royalties on technologies which overlap those standards is to invite corruption into the W3C's proceedings. Commercial interests have already taken control of too much of the internet. Please don't make it so easy for them to set the standards, then charge for the privilege of following those standards.
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