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CNET News.com: Will W3C mean dollar signs?

Oct 05, 2001, 23:45 (18 Talkback[s])
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"But while companies do stand to profit if the new proposal is passed, Zachmann argued that the criticism surrounding the proposal is not so much about the revenue possibilities as it is about the importance of intellectual property rights. Much of the criticism of the new proposal stems from adherents of the free-software and open-source movements, who generally oppose any software patents.

"It isn't likely to be some huge amounts of money here really. It's less a matter of huge financial opportunity that somebody will capitalize on; it's more of an ideological issue than a financial issue," Zachmann said. "The people who are against it are against it because they're opposed in principle. But that's not necessarily a position that will have a lot of pragmatic clout in the industry," he said.

The proposal's authors include several major technology companies, including Microsoft, Apple Computer and Hewlett-Packard."

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