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   Re: [xml-dev] Patent non-proliferation and disarmament

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> Finally, open source shall not be opposed to RAND. For instance, 
> in MPEG, reference softwares are open source. It is even mandatory 
> to provide an open source software otherwise the technology can't be
> introduced within the standard.

That's a free reference implementation.  It is not 'open source' in the 
true sense of the definition.  See 
http://www.opensource.org/docs/definition.html for the definition.
In paticular, note the lack of licensing fees for use.

Now you can say "I don't mean the official OSI definition, I mean the 
generic concept."  Maybe so, but that is not appropriate here, where the 
W3C patent discussion clearly focussed on the patent fee requirement.


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