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W3C Patent Policy

From: Tim Sweeney <tim@epicgames.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2001 18:13:38 -0400
Message-ID: <001701c149fd$28c335c0$9f76a841@tim>
To: <www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org>, <cox.wanda@apple.com>, <deluca@woodcock.com>, <micheleh@microsoft.com>, <scott_k_peterson@hp.com>, <tony.piotrowski@philips.com>, <barry@pennie.com>, <djweitzner@w3.org>, <plotka@apple.com>
Allowing patented intellectual property into web standards is a horrible idea.  It totally contradicts the purpose of the W3C and the Web itself.

While this proposal clearly benefits your mega-corporation employers (Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Philips, and Apple), do you really want to go down in history, personally, as the people who took the Worldwide Web away from the free world, and gave the gigantic patent-owning corporations free reign to smother its standards in proprietary IP?

It is hard to imagine a more blatant and shameless attempt to kill open software.

Michele, Scott, Tony, Barry, Daniel, Wanda, Mark, and Helene, you folks should be ashamed of yourselves for proposing such a thing.

-Tim
Received on Sunday, 30 September 2001 18:11:21 GMT

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