October 11, 2001

W3C to reconsider patents in standards

Author: JT Smith

From an eWEEK report: "Stung by a flood of criticism, a key Web standards group next week will
consider significant changes to its proposal to establish a formal process for
accepting patented, royalty fee-generating technologies as official Internet
standards.

Among other changes to its original proposal, the World Wide Web
Consortium's (W3C) patent policy working group will consider granting
exemptions to open source developers so that they could avoid paying
royalty fees on patented technologies accepted as W3C standards."

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