more patent fun
In case yesterday's Eldred vs. Ashcroft wasn't exciting enough intellectual property news for you, may I recommend this bit of writing by Microsoft's David Turner: http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-patentpolicy-comment/2003Jan/ 0140.html (http://makeashorterlink.com/?N2B216E13) Conclusion: ------------------------- We urge the W3C and the Advisory Committee to evaluate the precedent setting RF-only nature of the proposed patent policy in the context of whether or not it will enable the W3C to remain a good forum for developing web standards. If RF only, without reasonable exceptions is adopted and leads to key consumers of web-based standards, such as consumer electronics and telecommunications members, going elsewhere, will the core web standards continue to be developed at the W3C? Will those web standards avoid the patents of those enterprises no longer participating in the W3C process? Will those standards be used as the foundation for other standards? Given these concerns and questions the W3C should be cautious about adopting this RF-only policy backed by some vocal parties whose primary interests are unrelated to the W3C's ability to continue to develop widely adopted web standards. --------------------------- It reads like a threat to me, but I suppose it's possible to read it more gently. -- Simon St.Laurent Ring around the content, a pocket full of brackets Errors, errors, all fall down! http://simonstl.com -- http://monasticxml.org
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