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RE: Facts to Support RAND? was: Re: more pate nt fun

  • To: 'Elliotte Rusty Harold' <elharo@m...>, Tim Bray <tbray@t...>
  • Subject: RE: Facts to Support RAND? was: Re: more pate nt fun
  • From: "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <clbullar@i...>
  • Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2003 15:41:42 -0600
  • Cc: xml-dev@l...

RE:  Facts to Support RAND? was: Re:  more pate nt fun
I think the trick here is that it is ok to set up a 
tollbooth on the part you own, but you can't submit 
that part to the W3C as a specification.   Those 
are defacto standards by adoption.  The Adobe Atmosphere 
product, if successful, will be another one.

But those are fine examples that one can not go 
the W3C spec route and still make a fine profit.


From: Elliotte Rusty Harold [mailto:elharo@m...]

At 9:30 AM -0800 1/17/03, Tim Bray wrote:

>The notion that you can make money by setting up a tollbooth on a 
>piece of Web infrastructure (and thereby driving out all 
>open-source/free offerings as a side-effect) is a radical proposal 
>without even an existence proof.

Would either Flash or RealAudio qualify as an existence proof? If not, why not?


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