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Serious problems

From: Rob Levin <lilo@openprojects.net>
Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2001 16:46:29 -0400 (EDT)
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.10.10109301641340.2577-100000@varley.openprojects.net>
In comment,

I see serious problems with a policy that can make free software development
against specific standards impossible.  Would it not be discriminatory for a
patent licenser to charge a fee to commercial users but not to open source
developers?

Free software has made basic, important contributions to the infrastructure
of the Internet.  It's important that this activity be encouraged to
continue if the Internet is to remain an open, useful platform.

RAND seems to me to be a serious new obstacle to continued free software
development against new standards.

Sincerely yours,



Rob Levin
Head of Operations, Open Projects Net
"Open Source, Open Technology, Open Information"
Received on Sunday, 30 September 2001 16:46:44 GMT

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