RAND is problematic

The first point in "W3C in 7 points" asserts that the
"universe [of network-accessible information] benefits
society by enabling new forms of communication and
opportunities to share knowledge.  One of W3C's
goals is to make these benefits available to
all people, whatever their hardware, software, network
infrastructure, native language, culture, geographical
location, or physical or mental ability."   This
proposal flies in the face of this goal. A RAND
is discriminatory (despite the Orwellian use of the
word "Non-Discriminatory") because it restricts
availability of the means of communication to those
are capable of paying. The whole point of a patent is
to allow the holder to discriminate between those who
can make use of it and those who can't.  How
does the establishment of a standard based on
patent-encumbered technology contribute to
Universal Access?

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Received on Sunday, 30 September 2001 15:35:26 UTC