Any fee is discriminatory

Dear Patent Policy Working Group:

As a software developer who works with W3C standards on a daily basis,
I urge you not to loosen the W3C policies regarding consideration of 
patented technologies.
Open standards must remain just that - open to _all_, regardless of 
ability to pay.

The "reasonable and non-discriminatory" concept is a red herring.
As we strive to extend the benefits of digital communication to the 
entire world,
it should be clear that in a world where patent laws and financial 
resources vary widely,
the only "reasonable and non-discriminatory" fee structure is zero.

Thank you for your consideration.


Received on Sunday, 30 September 2001 20:39:18 UTC