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Re: [DotGNU]W3C strives for royalty-free patent policy

From: Barry Fitzgerald
Subject: Re: [DotGNU]W3C strives for royalty-free patent policy
Date: Sat, 20 Apr 2002 10:26:43 -0400

Bill Lance wrote:
> It's nice to hear good news once in a while.

I'm stull curious to see how this will work out.  I'm not sure that
patents should apply at all.  If a patent is made under "royalty-free"
terms, then what is the point of that patent to the holder?

As a Free Software person, I understand the terms of defensive patents
and that's all well and good - but defensive patents exist because
offensive use of patents also exists.  The primary goal of using patents
is to restrict the flow of ideas - which, IMO, is generally a bad
thing.  And a standards body should not be restricting the flow of their
standards.  I think that the W3C is generally receptive to this, and I
don't fault them - they have to live in the real world much as we do. 
However, there's this thing about patents that is always gnawing at the
back of my head...


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