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From: Josef Schneider <pftc@nwlink.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2001 15:04:59 -0800
Message-Id: <p05100303b7dd528b5c4b@[]>
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
I am shocked that you are even considering these new RAND patent rules. If any part of the creation/distribution or user rendering of content on the web were to become the private preserve of a corporation who charges for the use, then the web is dead.

It is outrageous that you would attempt to do this in secret. I cannot believe that Tim Berners-Lee was a party to this highjacking of the public domain.

Have you learned nothing from the past five years, the failure of the attempt by corporations to turn the web into a shopping mall?

To survive the Web will have to remain open, free, and standards-based. That is free as in speech and free as in beer. It will be a commons or it will be nothing!

If you corrupt bastards succeed in pushing through your new patent policy (with shortened comment period, you assholes), you will find that you have destroyed something valuable, but you have gained nothing. 

All those eyeballs and wallets will just slip away from your proprietary web and on to Freenet where you are powerless.


"Meanwhile everyone wants to breathe and nobody can and many say, 'We will breathe later.' And most of them don't die because they are already dead."

- Graffito from Paris, May 1968

Josef Schneider

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