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Tim Bray wrote:
> On Mar 6, 2004, at 12:32 PM, Dennis Sosnoski wrote:
>> I'm sure most people on the list are aware of the ongoing
>> reexamination of the Eolas patent and its preliminary rejection based
>> on prior art (see http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,1543843,00.asp,
>> for instance). As it looks increasingly likely that this patent will
>> end up overturned and Microsoft will save the $521M
> How about MSFT pays a small commission, say 1%, to W3C in recognition of
> TimBL's contribution to this effort.... -Tim
1% of what? The cost of HTML? 1% of how much they charge for their
browser? (hmmm.. why /did/ they make the first CSS compliant browser --
and it was for the Mac!)
Should anybody using the web pay 1% to the U.S. Defense Department
(non-U.S. since we paid for it already)?
I wonder how much innovation has occurred out of a desire to defeat
Microsoft. Should they pay MS for the inspiration?
Its all good... Slippery slopes et al.