RAND Licensing

Please do not take away from the freedom and openness of the web.  Causing
companies or organizations to pay royalties to implement public, free, open
standards will have a disastrous effect on the development of quality
software.  Where would we be today if Mosaic (which started out as a
university project) had been forced to pay royalties to implement the first
versions of HTML.  Where would we be if C/C++ compiler writers had to pay to
write their compiler.  Free (as in speech and beer), open standards are to
the benefit of everyone.  I have developed software in my spare time, much
of which touches upon the reccomendations of one standards body or another.
I would not have been able to do so if I would have had to pay a fee to be
able to use a certain standard.  I have always respected the W3C for it's
commitment to free, open standards.  Please do not destroy all that you have
stood for.


Grant Robinson
Solutions Engineer
NextPage Inc.

Received on Sunday, 30 September 2001 15:59:07 UTC