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Limits based on Field of Use

From: Zenaan Harkness <zen@getsystems.com>
Date: 11 Dec 2002 09:18:54 +1100
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
Message-Id: <1039558735.696.160.camel@zen8100a>

If I produce software incorporating a W3C standard that prohibits use in
a particular field, then presumably those restrictions would have to be
passed on to my users.

I would be unwilling to do that.

When I write software, I look at the incredible wealth of GPL-licensed
software and libraries available to me, so the I _don't reinvent the
wheel_! If a W3C standard is incompatible with such licensing, such a
standard will automatically alienate a huge code base, and a large
developer base.

That would be, quite clearly, unacceptable.


Mr Zenaan Harkness, Manager, VIDC
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