DotGNU: Comments on W3C Draft of Patents Policy
Apr 02, 2003, 23:30 (3 Talkback[s])
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On March 19, the World Wide Web Consortium announced the
release of the final draft of its patent policy. DotGNU project
founder Norbert Bollow has his own strong concerns about the policy
draft, explained in an open letter to DotGNU particpants and the
members of the W3C Patent Policy Working Group.
"[W]hen I read in the press release... under the heading "W3C
Patent License Requirements Consistent with Open Source/Free
Software Terms" that
'The W3C Royalty-Free license requirements are now
consistent with generally recognized Open Source licensing terms.
This Royalty-Free definition provides an assurance that the
Recommendations themselves are truly available to all users and
"I thought that the issue which is raised in the FSF's statement
of position... had been resolved in the new draft.
"This is unfortunately not true..."