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Tim Bray takes a position somewhat different from the past.  Maybe 
he's become a flip-flopper. ;-)

Seriously, it is past time for the open source community to understand 
why consortia participation agreements are vital to the community's health. 

It is also necessary for Tim and others to understand that this is a global 
problem, not just a US problem.  Only a global fix will get the results 
they are after in the long term.  I've blogged this topic often enough but:

1) Bashing the USPTO gets you exactly zero.  You need a global means 
to denote and set terms and conditions for patents.

2) Innovation is required here.  The Semantic Web may be the means.

3) Acquiring and managing IP using clear participation agreements 
and royalty-free terms is the current and near term solution for 
the open source community under legal entities such as the specifications 
consortia that submit these to international standards bodies.



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