W3 Patent policy

Dear Concerned,

I believe that in light of the current tragedy (and the diverted
attention of the world), the W3 should be ashamed of itself for not
lengthening the window for public comment and debate on the efforts of
some to allow embedding of patents into W3 "standards".

I believe allowing patented technology to become W3 standards will lead
to FURTHER abuses of the patent system which in turn will do more to
silence the free speech of citizens all over the world.

I've been a part of the internet since before Microsoft "discovered" it.
I do not want to be a part of the future where history shows they
"reinvented" it. An examination of this mail header will show I am
sending this from my free-OS-of-choice, Linux. In a patent constrained
web of the future, I fear I will not have that choice.


Scott Prive

Received on Sunday, 30 September 2001 15:01:41 UTC