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eWeek: W3C reconsider patent policy

Oct 12, 2001, 08:03 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeff Moad)

[ Thanks to Mikael Pawlo for this link. ]

"Stung by a flood of criticism, a key Web standards group next week will consider significant changes to its proposal to establish a formal process for accepting patented, royalty fee-generating technologies as official Internet standards.

Among other changes to its original proposal, the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) patent policy working group will consider granting exemptions to open source developers so that they could avoid paying royalty fees on patented technologies accepted as W3C standards, said Daniel Weitzner, the working group's chairman, in Cambridge, Mass.

The open source exemption was just one idea generated over 2,000 public comments--most of them negative--received in late September by the working group. The volume of criticism prompted the working group to extend the public comment period--originally due to expire Sept. 30--to Oct. 11."

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