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

  • To: 'Elliotte Rusty Harold' <elharo@m...>
  • Subject: RE: Facts to Support RAND? was: Re: more pate nt fun
  • From: "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <clbullar@i...>
  • Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2003 15:36:41 -0600
  • Cc: xml-dev@l...

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 


-----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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