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I am against this policy

From: Slater, Christopher M <slaterc@post.uwstout.edu>
Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2001 19:09:19 -0500
Message-ID: <3AE9E03E4492D511B58E00508B0CA82801152417@post.uwstout.edu>
To: "'www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org'" <www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org>
If I may make my statement: 

It is important to accept that the web be placed onto open standards, and to

also realize that anything on the web should be more public domain than to 
have a web that is solely for *profit*. While IP is fine in the non-virtual 
world, it is devistating in the virtual realm. Who is to say that one's way 
of patents is correct? What about enforcement? Who is to say that the IP 
will be 100% enforceable? 

The web is here for collaberation, ideas, and business... it is a *public* 
*square*; not a shopping mall!  Who said that the web should be a place for 
the sponsors of this proposal? It is absurd!  These companies would much 
rather see money in their wallets over the overall expansion and fluent 
movement of ideas that would benifit (and be profitable) for all. We cannot 
consider x amount of business intrests; rather, we need to understand that 
we must consider everyone's ideas and pricipals. 

The constorium is more for the proprietary junk than the public domain in my

humble opinion and would rather see a quash of open source systems that 
would benifit the whole world.  The "digital divide" as decribed in the 
United States can be brought closer together if we allow for the open source

systems to flow through.  Quashing these systems would just cause more 
division, and cause the movement of ideas and alternatives to become a 
standstill; always worried about weither or not we will be faced with a 
civil and/or criminal lawsuit. 

Christopher Slater 
Received on Sunday, 30 September 2001 20:04:12 UTC

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