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Please avoid patented standards, even "RAND"

From: Julian Morrison <julian@extropy.demon.co.uk>
Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2001 22:42:16 +0100
Message-ID: <3BB791B8.84A47083@extropy.demon.co.uk>
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
- initially "reasonable and non discriminatory" terms may not always
stay reasonable.

- even seemingly reasonable terms may prevent fully open-source or free
(libre or gratuit) implementations, this could effectively lock users
into poor implementations of the standard, and lock out a significant
proportion of users.

- the patent will retard (or co-opt) new ideas and developments
extending or interacting with the patented standard.

- the patent will allow the patent-holder to release subsequent enhanced
versions of the standard under very non-"RAND" terms, and block anyone
else from providing alternatives. Users would then be given the
unwelcome choice: strand yourself in a dated standard, or aquiesce to
the new terms.
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