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RAND: Working Group comment requested

From: Gervase Markham <gerv@mozilla.org>
Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2001 19:40:25 -0700
Message-ID: <3BB7D799.2020405@mozilla.org>
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
/This section is normative./

I would like the Working Group to make a statement outlining the effect 
it expects the proposed policy to have on free and open source software 
development projects in the following spaces:

1) Browsers and other user agents
2) Web servers
3) Web content creation tools

/This section is informative./

A hypothetical situations they might like to consider (among others) is 
if a common web standard (such as CSS) falls under a patent owned by a 
W3C Member and available under RAND licensing. Perhaps, to hypothesise 
further, they could consider the impact if that Member was the only 
competitor to the open source implementation(s) in that particular 
space. They could additionally tell us what might happen if the products 
of that Member were only available on a single Operating System.

/This section is signature./

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