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Re: Tim Berners-Lee Approves Patent Policy

From: Seth Johnson <seth.johnson@realmeasures.dyndns.org>
Date: Sun, 25 May 2003 21:19:39 -0400
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To: tom poe <tompoe@ableweb.net>
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tom poe wrote:
> 
> Hi:  patent-free patent-free?  Yahoo!


Not actually.  Tim and the W3C are not really addressing Internet standards
in information freedom terms.  As I understand it, they have retained the
field of use language, which means that supposedly free software that uses
Internet standards cannot really be free.

You have to credit their reworking of the policy, which is tremendously
improved over the direction in which they were originally going; and having
a standards body that is capable of articulating a policy of this sort, and
in practical terms, is tremendously constructive all by itself.

But they have not actually declared that their protocols will be freely
usable, which really is the key.

Seth Johnson


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