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RE: [xml-dev] Comment on W3C Patent Policy WG Response
- From: "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <email@example.com>
- To: "Simon St.Laurent" <firstname.lastname@example.org>,"Champion, Mike" <Mike.Champion@SoftwareAG-USA.com>
- Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2001 12:32:33 -0500
Perhaps for the first time, the software developing public
is coming to understand that the W3C's "mantle of legitimacy"
does not depend on their consent. That is why it is a consortium.
This does not mean that independent developers are powerless;
it means their power is much more limited than they were
previously led or willing to believe.
Inclusion is the most effective means to quash dissent. The
competent Machiavel understands this and includes the leaders
of any opposing opinion group in all but the most important private
discussions leaving them out of the last in which the decision
to act is made. Thus the perception of fairness is promoted
publicly while the power to determine the results is resolutely limited
to the loyal few.
From: Simon St.Laurent [mailto:email@example.com]
This seems to be the first serious threat to "the software developing
perception of the W3C's mantle of legitimacy, so I suspect there's a lot
more at stake here in the long run than just patent licensing.