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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.