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mozilla.org Comments on W3C Patent Policy Proposal

Wednesday October 10th, 2001

mozilla.org 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.


#6 Royalties unfair to in the third world?

by feepcreature

Friday October 12th, 2001 11:04 AM

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It occurs to me that any move away from Royalty Free licencing would have a disproportionate effect in regions where prices are lower than the USA (notably in Eastern Europe and the developing world), because the "Non Discriminatory" licence-fees would be a greater expense in relative terms.

Developer licences, and more importantly, end-user licences could be a huge burden where the average income is a small percentage of that in "the West".