[JDEV] New Patent Policy at W3C

Ashvil ashvil at i3connect.net
Mon Oct 1 03:31:29 CDT 2001


http://www.openphd.net/W3C_Patent_Policy/
http://www.w3.org/TR/patent-policy/

What this means is that the W3C can create a recommendation that becomes a defato web standard and any implementation will/may have to pay royalties. 

For example, SVG implementers would/could have to pay royalties. I rather have no SVG 'Web Standard' then have one where I need IP lawyers to negotiate royalties. If companies want to create open web standards then they should NOT be allowed use the patent system. It either an open web or a closed web owned by companies that can afford to pay big bucks to Intellectual Property lawyers. 

I wonder what the other Jabber developers think of this proposal from the W3C.  

Should the Jabber specifications and any derived work be placed in a 'Patent Free Zone' OR do folks believe that Patents are the foundation of our IP (Intellectual Property) industry.  

Regards,
Ashvil



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