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Re: [fsl-discuss] Re: Tim Berners-Lee Approves Patent Policy

From: tom poe <tompoe@ableweb.net>
Date: 26 May 2003 11:20:12 -0700
To: John Cowan <cowan@mercury.ccil.org>
Cc: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org, "DMCA_Discuss@lists.microshaft.org" <DMCA_Discuss@lists.microshaft.org>
Message-Id: <1053973214.29962.11.camel@localhost.localdomain>

Hi, John:  I agree with you at one level.  I also believe there is a
strong suggestion, that an organization that announces a policy of
declare or waive, will have the legal foundation for doing so.  In other
words, a patent-free policy, cough up now, before we move to the next
step, or waive.  Excuses are governed by deadlines, to be discarded if
the deadline has passed.  The Creative Commons Registration holds such
promise. Interestingly, enough, it is the Copyright Law which requires
Public Domain active affirmation, the very heart of what the Creative
Commons legal framework offers.  I call this strategy, the in-your-face
with your copyright crappoolllla. . . .maybe. :)

On Mon, 2003-05-26 at 10:56, John Cowan wrote:
> tom poe scripsit:
> > In the meantime, it appears there is a need for a standards body to be
> > formed that pursues standards without encumbrances.  A standards body
> > that the world community can rely upon for open, free standards.
> In a world of submarine patents, there can be no such thing.  Any
> patent can rise up to bite you at any time, even if you are just
> a kid playing on your swing.
> -- 
> John Cowan  jcowan@reutershealth.com  www.ccil.org/~cowan  www.reutershealth.com
> "If I have seen farther than others, it is because I am surrounded by dwarves."
>         --Murray Gell-Mann
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