RE: CSS3 @font-face / EOT Fonts - new compromise proposal

For my own education - how do you get around this when similar issues
occur with other technologies that are patent-protected and licensed
according W3C RF policy?
Thank you,


	From: []
On Behalf Of Robert O'Callahan
	Sent: Monday, November 10, 2008 5:47 PM
	To: David Woolley
	Subject: Re: CSS3 @font-face / EOT Fonts - new compromise
	On Tue, Nov 11, 2008 at 10:56 AM, David Woolley
<> wrote:

		Levantovsky, Vladimir wrote:

			   This is exactly the point! The fact that the
compression algorithm
			   is patent-protected makes no difference for
any applications
			   (browsers, web tools, you name it) that
implement W3C Recommendation
			   - it's been offered on W3C RF terms. OSes
will never see compressed

		It prevents the use of GPLed (V2, at least) code in
those browsers, as
		GPLed code must be licenced for all uses, not just for
web browser use;
		the only let out in GPL is that you can restrict
distribution to
		countries that don't enforce the patent royalties. 

	This is correct. We (Mozilla) could not accept field-of-use
	"He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our
iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by
his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of
us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity
of us all." [Isaiah 53:5-6]

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