October 1, 2001

The free Web's over, as W3C blesses Net patent tax

Author: JT Smith

Reported at The Register: "A belated storm of protest has greeted a move by the World Wide Web Consortium
to bless fee-bearing patents as official web standards.

The proposal would allow patents, such as the notorious GIF image format, to
become web standards, thus giving the patent owners the right to exploit them
commercially.

Since so much information is stored and transmitted using web standards, the
implications are far-reaching."

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