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RAND Hurts Everyone

From: Michael Greminger <grem@me.umn.edu>
Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2001 21:27:17 -0500 (CDT)
To: <www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.33.0109302109570.8999-100000@crunch.me.umn.edu>
I believe that a strength of the internet is the ability of all people to
access all standards of the internet whether they use free (free as in
freedom of speech) or proprietary software as their portal. If royalty fees
become part of the internet standard, free software users are left unable
to access the standards associated with these royalty fees. This would be
devastating to the current diversity of the internet where users of
proprietary and free software can share information via the excellent
and essential W3C standards.

Please stop RAND for the sake of the whole internet community. The
proprietary and free software users are both necessary to make the
internet what it is today.

Thank You,
Michael Greminger
Received on Sunday, 30 September 2001 22:27:18 GMT

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