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please remove "fields-of-use" restrictions

From: Andrea Borgia <andrea_borgia@libero.it>
Date: Tue, 31 Dec 2002 13:43:04 +0100
Message-ID: <3E1190D8.70806@ethernet>
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org

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Hello.

The proposed policy permits W3C members participating in W3 technical 
working groups to commit their patent claims "royalty-free" for use by 
implementers of the standard, but with "field of use" restrictions that 
would be incompatible with section 7 of the GNU General Public License. 
Such "field of use" restrictions, in other words, would prevent 
implementation of W3C standards as Free Software.

Therefore, I advise that these restrictions be lifted from the policy.

Sincerely,
Andrea Borgia.

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