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RE: [xml-dev] WWW /= W3C: Has W3C mission changed?
- From: "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: Jonathan Borden <email@example.com>,Jeff Greif <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com
- Date: Tue, 02 Oct 2001 13:19:12 -0500
Put another way: what would be the impact of withdrawing
from the W3C to pursue patent litigation? Can the membership
contract extend past point of not being a member? (shades
of the american civil war...).
From: Jonathan Borden [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Consider this: suppose the W3C RAND policy goes through. What is to prevent
a company from changing its mind and asking for unreasonable and nonuniform
I submit that whatever might be used to enforce the RAND policy might also
be used to enforce a requirement to disclose pending patents. For example,
even though the patent holder may have a patent infringement claim, the
patent holder might be liable for breach of contract.
Of course this might all be entirely pointless except for what it says about
the mission of the W3C.