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The Register: Net patent tax - W3C publishes new adviceJan 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.
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