RE: Facts to Support RAND? was: Re: more pate nt fun
You can implement it, yes; you can't change the design or adapt the specification. They gave up no rights; they don't charge you to implement it. Quite. And it isn't submitted as a specification for all to comment on, change, or otherwise dink with. Java is an even more restricted case. Of course, if Java were submitted to the W3C as a specification candidate, would the Java programmers be happy about that? Interestingly, both Adobe and Sun make the same case for not doing that; they say that they can maintain and evolve it better than open standards groups can. So maybe some fundamental Internet technologies are better handled as proprietary applications? len -----Original Message----- From: Elliotte Rusty Harold [mailto:elharo@m...] At 12:43 PM -0600 1/17/03, Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote: >As for market amplification, that's hard to predict. >Why hasn't Adobe given up the rights to PDF They have. PDF is freely implementable, and is in fact freely implemented.
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