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Opposition to RF patent policy

From: Fabien ILLIDE <fillide@nordnet.fr>
Date: Thu, 28 Nov 2002 21:39:52 +0100
Message-ID: <3DE67F18.8070001@nordnet.fr>
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org


First, sorry for my english, I'll do what I can.

Well, I think your idea of RF patent policy start from a good willing.

But I fear that such a good willing will do worse than better.

This is a way to do something "like free", but which can anyway prevent 
FreeSoftware devs. to offer us new or better software.

I mean that the things should be clear : Free or not Free

But I don't want to ear or read later that someone make a software, and 
after that being worried by a compagny for this or this patent (or both)
(and it's easy to think you've the right to do something, and when it's 
done, it's also easy to people tell you "you infrent my patent, let's talk 

I mean, like the problem with the Phoenix Browser (that AFAIK respect your 
standards, so you sure love it as Mozilla) which must be renamed cause of 
pheonix.com, or something like that.

The mean of a standard should be IMHO totaly free, that is the most 
possible people could use it in the way they want (I mean : use the 
standard in a software, not change the standard itself like MS)

That way, your standards will be really used by many softwares, and so 
many people, and so it will be a true real world-wide used standard.

I mean that if only a little percent of software can be done, cause of 
patent problem, that is the best way to keep bad pratice like those from 
MS, and the best way to see more and more alternative.

If this happens, I'll be sad, cause I speak a lot of your standards to my 
students, and they don't see the interest (cause of IE mainly)

Hope you'll make the things clear and permit us to receive the full 
benefits of free standard, and free software which use them.

Received on Thursday, 28 November 2002 15:42:01 UTC

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