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From: Eric Kidd <eric.kidd@pobox.com>
Date: 19 Nov 2002 18:14:00 -0500
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
Message-Id: <1037747640.715.29.camel@whitestar>

I am delighted to hear that the W3C has responded to the web community's
enormous concern over "RAND" licensing, and chosen to pursue a strict
royalty-free licensing policy.

I work for an academic group that produces distance-learning software. 
Our policy, budget and strategy prevent us from using patented
protocols.  From our perspective, RAND licensing is both unreasonable
and highly-discriminatory, because it erects barriers against academic
and open-source implementations of basic protocols.

The W3C's choice to pursue royalty-free licensing will promote the
vibrant growth of the web and the continued relevance of the W3C.

My many thanks.

Eric Kidd
Received on Tuesday, 19 November 2002 18:44:50 UTC

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