MozillaZine Comments on W3C Patent Policy Proposal

Wednesday October 10th, 2001 today posted a response to the World Wide Web Consortium's Patent Policy Draft. Many in the open source community oppose the W3C's current proposal on patents, as they feel that it will allow corporations to control standards, rather than an independent W3C. You can also view the other responses, as well as post your own.

#3 Hmmm - perhaps not

by sphealey

Wednesday October 10th, 2001 2:55 PM

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Humbly, I think you might be a bit naive to imagine that AOLTW might be opposed to patented web standards. While it might annoy the big "content" companies to have to pay each other fees, that would be a small price to seize control of the Web and eliminate all those pesky people/organizations/sites that don't toe the party line. The way it usually works out in any case is that the very large organizations end up cross-licensing their patent portfolios, so the net cost to them is zero, while the little guys can't play that game and disappear.