[unrev-II] Patents on Web Standards

From: Jack Park (jackpark@thinkalong.com)
Date: Mon Oct 01 2001 - 09:46:50 PDT

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    ": "There's a report on Linux Today about a proposed loosening of
    requirements on patented technologies being submitted for W3C
    consideration. Called RAND, short for 'reasonable and non-discriminatory,'
    it basically changes the position of W3C with respects to patents. This is
    a real problem as all of you know, considering that we've had all kinds of
    fun with other 'reasonable' licensing (MP3 and GIF come immediately to
    mind) -- the cutoff for comments is tomorrow (9-30) so if you want to get
    them in do it NOW." September 30 is now today rather than tomorrow. The
    same issue was raised in a post yesterday as well, but many readers have
    submitted news of this Linux Today piece. Reader WhyDoubt points out that
    comments on the change are archived on the W3C's site, including this pithy
    comment from Alan Cox. Do you think that fee-bound patents have a place in
    the standards promulgated by the W3C? "

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