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Royalty Free Patents, Standards and Free Software

From: Loic Bernable <leto@vilya.org>
Date: Sat, 30 Nov 2002 15:53:44 +0100
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
Message-ID: <20021130145344.GA30218@thorgal>


I would like to comment about your decision to authorize people to make
standards based on patents.

My belief as a network architect and engineer is that no standard, would
it be for network or software or so, can rely on patents. It is an
aberration of its own. We speak here in terms of evolution, duration and

Moreover, it has been proven by the FSF that Free Software programs
under the GNU GPL could not implement such standards that are described
in your conclusions.

I ask you to think about this point, and to reconsider your position, in
particular not to allow standards to be based on patented ideas (that
are illegal in Europe for now).

Best regards

Loc Bernable, French Network Engineer
Received on Saturday, 30 November 2002 10:10:50 UTC

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