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The Register: Net patent tax - W3C publishes new advice

Jan 25, 2002, 18:48 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andrew Orlowski)
"To date all W3C standards have been royalty-free, which, it's universally agreed, has helped accelerate the adoption of web technologies. It's also allowed small developers to work without fear of expensive intellectual property litigation, and allowed free software authors - forbidden from linking to patent-encumbered code by the GPL, to develop open implementations.

"The policy of licensing patents under RAND terms and conditions has allowed our best technical individuals to work together without becoming burdened by patent issues," IBMer Gerald Lane wrote last year, in support of royalties.

The RAND addition was stalled after the issue blew up at the end of September, with open source developers advocating the formation of an alternative to the W3C , if royalty-bearing licenses became an option. Now, with the input of Bruce Perens and Eben Moglen, a compromise has been reached."

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