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RAND licensing of "patented standards" will kill the web

From: Mike Warnecke <mike@flatsoft.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2001 20:53:19 -0600
Message-ID: <3BB7DA9F.65B0C8A9@flatsoft.com>
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
I for one am against the W3C prostituting itself for a few gigantic
corporations to take advantage of the rest of society.  If you take away
the public's right to fair use and fair access to technologies that run
the web, all we'll have is a new Television, where the large
corporations control what we see, hear, and believe all over again.  The
small company will be forced to pay homage to the large one, free
software will be run out of town.

The W3C's vision wasn't this when it began!  Don't let something good,
honest, and open get perverted into a ridiculous, exclusionary,
money-grubbing effort like this.

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Received on Sunday, 30 September 2001 22:58:19 GMT

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