writes: "There's a report on Linux Today about a proposed loosening of requirements on patented technologies being submitted for W3C consideration. Called RAND, short for 'reasonable and non-discriminatory,' it basically changes the position of W3C with respects to patents. This is a real problem as all of you know, considering that we've had all kinds of fun with other 'reasonable' licensing (MP3 and GIF come immediately to mind) -- the cutoff for comments is tomorrow (9-30) so if you want to get them in do it NOW."
September 30 is now today rather than tomorrow. The same issue was raised in a post yesterday
as well, but many readers have submitted news of this Linux Today piece. Reader WhyDoubt
points out that comments on the change are archived on the W3C's site
, including this pithy comment from Alan Cox
. Do you think that fee-bound patents have a place in the standards promulgated by the W3C? Read the Patent Policy Working Group's FAQ
, then add your comment