W3C Patents Recommendation - Paying Royalties?!
Following up on Monday’s Paying Royalties To Use CSS or XML? What?!, several design discussion lists have asked for simple explanations of what’s going on with the W3’s patent recommendation. Some have asked what brought this all on, too. Now there are some explanations for us from very kind people who lost sleep just to get the word out in ways that more of us can understand.
First, though, I’d suggest following Jeffrey Zeldman’s site often, as he’s posting updated information, resources, and explanations. Dave Winer also has lots of info. I’ll be writing updates at my web log here also.
I hope this info helps. I don’t begin to understand all the details at W3’s site myself, but these URLs will go a long way in helping to understand what’s going on and what’s behind it all. I’ll send updates as I learn about them.
The deadline for comments is October 11. We don’t have much time!
- W3C Patent Policy Recommendation
- Discussion and Comments
- You can mail your comments directly to the W3 here:
Web Standards Project
Continual Updates, Web Log Comments
- An examination of RAND
Ben Henick explains what this is all about in more simple terms and includes links to more info.
- No RAND for Me
Alan Herrell, aka the head lemur, wrote his thoughts.
- Fighting Back for Web Standards
Meryl Evans sent me these:
- W3C patent plan draws protests
[10/01/01 by Margaret Kane and Mike Ricciuti, c|Net]
- W3C extends patent plan comment time
[10/02/01 by Margaret Kane, c|Net]
- A Pay As-You-Go World Wide Web?
[10/02/01 by By Kevin Featherly, Newsbytes]
- Web standards schism "terrible" - W3C patent policy boss
[10/02/01 by Andrew Orlowski in San Francisco, The Register]
- The Free Web’s Over, as W3C Blesses Net Patent Taxes
Explanation of RAND and information, links
[01/10/01 by Andrew Orlowski in San Francisco, The Register]