Proposed W3C Patent Policy

The W3C was created to develop and maintain *open* standards to facilitate
communication via the Web.

The inclusion of protocols, formats, or methods encumbered by intellectual
property claims in standards recognized by the W3C would be a tragic
mistake.  It would make communication between individuals subject to
commercial interests, and inhibit the free exchange of information.  It
would increase the costs of Web-based activities and inhibit the
development of Open Source software.  This would be absolutely contrary to
the path that the W3C should follow, and the one it has followed so far.

The Consortium should continue to only accept proposals submitted on an RF
basis, and work to ensure that those proposals and accepted standards are
not affects by patents.


Wes McDermott
Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry
Johns Hopkins University 
School of Medicine

Received on Sunday, 30 September 2001 22:11:02 UTC