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

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From: "Claude Seyrat" <claude.seyrat@expway.fr>
> Don't forget that now the key players of the web are no more small 
> and innovative companies. Basically a small dynamic and innovative 
> company can't play a role in a patent free standard. It gets wiped 
> out of the market in few months by big companies. That's why a 
> royalty free standard serves big companies interests more than 
> small developpers ones.

This is what the big players want everyone to believe: that it is innevitable
that they should be the leaders.  However the open source and free movement
has clearly shown that important technologies can grow and thrive based
on their own merits, independent of whether they fit into the strategies
of the big boys.  

Apache, Linux, GNU, WWW would all be going well even without the
bucks from IBM etc.   

> 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.

The extent that MPEG adopts proprietary, licenseable technology is 
the extent that it fails as a standard.  

Rick Jelliffe


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