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A terrible idea

From: Richard Hillesley <richard@linuxuser.co.uk>
Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2001 02:11:25 +0100
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
Message-Id: <0109300211250A.19214@linux>
The web works because it is has stayed relatively free of commercial 
interests - Patents are a disaster, and ridiculous, when applied to software 
and/or computing in general. 

The W3C should be working to free both the internet and computing from 
propietary technologies. Patents will lead to lock-ins and lock-outs. 
Companies have and will continuously work to to make land grabs. Nontheless, 
it is observable that virtually all the technologies and standards that have 
made the internet possible have come from voluntary, research or public 
institutions - The W3C is essential to keep the internet a space where 
innovation is more important than marketing. 

Please work to keep it that way

Richard Hillesley
LinuxUser Magazine
Received on Sunday, 30 September 2001 21:09:26 GMT

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