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Opinion on the RAND license

From: Mats Palmgren <Mats.Palmgren@mailbox.swipnet.se>
Date: Mon, 01 Oct 2001 02:36:16 +0200
Message-ID: <3BB7BA80.3080205@mailbox.swipnet.se>
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
The RAND license contradicts your own goals as set forth in

"W3C's long term goals for the Web are:

        1) Universal Access: To make the Web accessible to all by 
promoting technologies
             that take into account the vast differences in culture, 
education, ability, material resources,
             and physical limitations of users on all continents;

        2) Semantic Web : To develop a software environment that permits 
each user to make the
             best use of the resources available on the Web;

        3) Web of Trust : To guide the Web's development with careful 
consideration for the
             novel legal, commercial, and social issues raised by this 

So unless the W3C wants to become a hypocrisy and a joke, either this 
proposal has to go,
or the original goals have to go. I'd hate to see the goals change. W3C 
has provided an amazing
service to the web community, and if its goals change, I'm afraid that 
service would cease to exist.

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