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Stand Against Patents

From: David Ellenwood <me@davidpaulellenwood.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Jul 2002 12:01:39 -0700
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To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org


I am a young web developer who is about one year form finishing my 
degree in Graphic Design at Viterbo University in La Crosse, WI.  I 
am an active designer--I strive to keep myself on top of current web 
design issues and frequent the W3C website in search of news, 
updates, and specifications.

The current debate about the possibility of Patenting recommendations 
for web design standards is a touchy issue from all sides.  I'll be 
brief and state that I am against any kind of patenting.  All web 
standards should stay royalty-free and open to public use.  Allowing 
an entity to place rights on a standard defeats the purpose of 
creating standards and therefore defeats the improvement and change 
of standards.

I'm sure the W3C has received many comments about this topic, both 
for and against.  I hope that my added thoughts can be of some 
influence to those who must make such decisions.  I fully appreciate 
all that the W3C does and hope that they will continue to battle for 
the development of standards across the internet.

Thank you for your time,

David Ellenwood
(608) 385-9444

Received on Saturday, 27 July 2002 15:01:44 UTC

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