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"This current practice has evolved in order to satisfy the goal held by a number of W3C Members and significant parts of the larger Web community: that W3C Recommendations should be, as far as possible, implementable on a Royalty-Free basis [AC]. The current practice described here seeks to
establish Royalty-Free implementation as a goal for Recommendations produced by new and re-chartered Working Groups;
encourage maximum disclosure of patents that might prevent a W3C Recommendation from being implemented on a Royalty-Free basis;
provide a process for addressing situations in which the goal of Royalty-Free implementation may not be attainable. "
That works for me, except XML-Dev isn't in the list of acknowledged contributors. :-)
From: Jonathan Robie [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Has anyone seen this?
Current Patent Practice
W3C Note 24 January 2002
This is the new W3C Patent Practice, and it looks like it was written by
the XML Dev mailing list - it has a very strong preference for Royalty Free
and disclosure of patents.