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Patents in W3C standards

From: Adrian Godwin <adrian@toynbee.org.uk>
Date: Mon, 02 Dec 2002 20:51:15 +0000
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
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I am concerned that the proposed policy over the use of patented
technology still does not do enough to protect future users of
the technologies.

The W3C standards represent a major aspect of the future of
intercommunication and deserve the same freedom of expression
as existing standards such as books and spoken languages. It
is entirely unacceptable for any person or corporation to 
retain final control over the implementation or development
of these protocols, even if they have agreed to refrain from
demanding royalty payments.

Please do your utmost to ensure that your standards retain
complete freedom from proprietary interests.


Adrian Godwin, Bedford, England.
Received on Monday, 2 December 2002 16:03:48 UTC

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