October 4, 2001

W3C denies misleading world+dog on RAND license status

Author: JT Smith

"The W3C today denied that it has misled the web community on the status of its
controversial RAND license, but confirmed to us that RAND was effectively already
in "beta".

In its FAQ in support of the pay-to-play web standard RAND licensing policy, the
W3C emphasizes "NOTE: The W3C is not presently aware of any non-free patent
that is essential to any existing W3C recommendation." And Danny Weitzman
reiterated this to The Register yesterday, telling us, "...we observed some general
trends, and concluded that we should at least think about RAND."" Read The Register's report.

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