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Mozilla.org Response to the W3C Patent Policy Framework Working Draft

Oct 11, 2001, 05:19 (4 Talkback[s])
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"The inclusion of patents into the W3C's standards moves the W3C from being an organization that "promotes and develops its vision of the future of the World Wide Web" to an industry group that defines standards to build revenue streams for its Members. None of the goals of the W3C talk about making money from the infrastructure of the Web. In fact, the discussion of commerce of any kind is noticeably absent. The role of the W3C appears to be to help build technical standards for the Web so that all other forms of communication and commerce can take place on top of that infrastructure.

If there needs to be a venue where companies can get together and create documents that describe their patent-encumbered standards, they should do that outside of the W3C. The W3C should promote standards that are truly freely available. This would promote truly interoperable software and standards and would put the resulting technologies into the hands of as many people as possible."

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