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A Jesuit's Guide to Open Standards

Aug 03, 2009, 15:31 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Glyn Mody)

[ Thanks to Glyn Moody for this link. ]

"The logic here seems to be that there would be an "imbalance" in open standards if it were insisted that patents terms were excluded – because balance obviously means having standards with and without patents. While it's true that creates a "balance", it's a purely linguistic one; the fact is that patent-encumbered standards requiring licensing fees cannot, by definition, be open. That's because they do not create level playing fields: there is always one or more players who occupy a privileged position. So the balance is entirely specious."

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