RAND licencing

Dear all,

It is hard to say anything on this topic that has already been put far more 
succinctly and forcefully than I ever could, but I feel that my voice must 
join the protest against this proposal.

Implementation of this would allow the Web to become a proprietary format, 
controlled by the large companies who can afford to licence the appropriate 
standards. The Web was built on open standards and government money, and the 
openness for which W3C has hitherto sought has been a heartening continuation 
of that open tradition. Please do not break with this condition - we need an 
open set of standards, and you are the body capable of keeping it so. Don't 
let us down!

Received on Sunday, 30 September 2001 16:05:35 UTC