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Field of use conflict between section 3 item 3 and the GPL

From: Jeff Michel <jemichel@telocity.com>
Date: Tue, 31 Dec 2002 10:11:54 -0500
Message-ID: <3E11B3BA.3080806@telocity.com>
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org

Please modify section 3 item 3 of the W3C "Patent Policy Working Group Royalty-Free Patent Policy" (http://www.w3.org/TR/2002/WD-patent-policy-20021114/) so as to 
not conflict with section 7 of the GNU "General Public License" (http://www.fsf.org/licenses/gpl.html).  The organization (Free Software Foundation) responsible 
for the GPL believes such a conflict exists.  The GPL is a widespread and important license.  Such a conflict could have wide negative impact throughout the 
information technology community if not formally addressed.  Here is suggested replacement text for section 3 item 3 to resolve the conflict: "3. may not be 
limited in field of use;".

Jeffrey R. Michel
9501 Spendthrift Cir. #116
Richmond, VA  23294
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