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objection to field of use restrictions

From: Brian Gough <brian.gough@network-theory.co.uk>
Date: Mon, 30 Dec 2002 10:44:58 +0000 (GMT)
Message-Id: <m18SxPm-004dG4C@local>
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org

I believe that the proposed field of use patent restrictions on W3C
standards should be dropped, as they are incompatible with W3C's goal
of universal access.

To achieve universal access W3C standards need to support all types of
software licensing, including major free software licenses such as the
GNU General Public License.  Field of use patent restrictions in W3C
standards would prevent their use in GPL'ed software.

The W3C has acheived huge success without software patents and I
encourage the W3C to stick to the proven winning strategy of not
allowing any patent restrictions on its standards.

best regards,
Brian Gough

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