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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 implementors.'

"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..."

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