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internetnews.com: W3C Adopts Patent Policy

May 21, 2003, 18:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Thor Olavsrud)

"After years of wrangling over whether it should recommend standards which could include royalty conditions, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Tuesday created a policy which provides a narrow method for including non-royalty free technology in exceptional circumstances.

"The W3C ratified its new W3C Patent Policy in a meeting in Budapest Tuesday, 'based on widespread member endorsement, agreement in the W3C Patent Policy Working Group, and support from interested members of the public,' the standards organization said.

"'It was not unanimous but it was an overwhelming majority,' Daniel Weitzner, W3C Technology and Society Domain Leader and chair of the Patent Policy Working Group, told internetnews.com from Budapest. 'We got more member votes on this issue than any other issue we've ever submitted to the membership. We also got more positive votes overall than any other recommendation in the history of the consortium...'"

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