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RAND Licencing

From: <ss@technicalpursuit.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2001 14:44:40 -0600
Message-Id: <200109302044.f8UKie600516@localhost.localdomain>
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
I am writing to express my extreme concern over the W3C's RAND proposal.

As a long-time user of the internet and world-wide-web I can't imagine
a rationale for such a policy other than one designed to weaken the W3C's
ability to push the web forward. I can imagine a number of scenarios in
which companies whose best interests do not lie in universal cross-platform
technology being freely available would push for RAND-style standards.
The weakening of the W3C's status and ability to move the computing 
industry forward would strengthen such companies hold on the industry.

A clear implication of RAND standards policies is the likely formation 
by strong open-source supporters of a new consortium whose charter forbids
such activity. The creation of a second consortium would drive a stake 
into the heart of what makes the web work -- a single set of standards.

I have only the greatest respect for what the W3C has accomplished to date.
It would be a tragedy to see the power of the W3C reduced by choosing
a direction that would clearly divide the web community and those whose
programming efforts continue to drive technology for the entire world.

Scott Shattuck
Technical Pursuit Inc.
Received on Sunday, 30 September 2001 16:45:20 UTC

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