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Re: Restrictive Patent Usage

From: Dan Kegel <dank@kegel.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Nov 2002 18:30:49 -0800
Message-ID: <3DE57FD9.404@kegel.com>
To: tompoe@renonevada.net
CC: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org

tompoe@renonevada.net wrote:
> If I'm in a developing country, I have no way to participate if 
> restrictions or royalties raise the cost of entry.  What kind of 
> worldwide standard is it then?

Hi Tom,
As far as I can tell, there are no barriers at all to anyone
implementing W3C standards given the draft policy.  The central
question appears to be: are the draft policy and the GPL compatible?
http://www.fsf.org/philosophy/w3c-patent.html argues that the
answer is 'no', but I suspect the answer is practically 'yes'.

If you're quite sure the draft policy is totally incompatible with
the GPL, please provide some concrete examples of how an
open source project might be harmed by the adoption of the
draft policy.  I'd be happy to hash this out in more detail.

Received on Wednesday, 27 November 2002 21:31:14 UTC

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