In opposition to RAND licenses

I am writing to express my opposition to the change of W3C patent policy.
Specifically I oppose the inclusion of patented technologies that are not
licensed on a royalty free basis.

So called "reasonable and non-discriminatory" license terms are not
acceptable for inclusion in many Free software projects.  The Mozzila
project for example uses compliance with W3C standards as one of it's major
goals.  As a user of Mozilla and occasional contributor to the project, I
would be very upset if it was not legally possible for some standards to be
met because of patent issues.

I hope that the W3C will remain fully committed to truly Free standards, and
reject the proposed policy change.

Steven Barker                            
  You may my glories and my state dispose,
  But not my griefs; still am I king of those.
  		-- William Shakespeare, "Richard II"
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