Fwd: [ORG-discuss] European Commission to exclude Open Source developers with patented standards?
dgerard at gmail.com
Thu Feb 7 10:44:26 UTC 2008
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From: Glyn Wintle <glynwintle at yahoo.com>
Date: 7 Feb 2008 10:40
Subject: [ORG-discuss] European Commission to exclude Open Source
developers with patented standards?
To: Open Rights Group open discussion list
<org-discuss at lists.openrightsgroup.org>
The European Commission is organizing next week in Brussels a
conference on "European ICT standardisation policy at a crossroads: A
new direction for global success". Among the papers in discussion for
this conference, one paper suggests to allow RAND standards as general
policy. The European Commission seems to listen to the big industry who
contributed to the discussion paper. RAND standards (such as h264 or
MPEG2) are a way to exclude FLOSS developers, because they require
royalty payments that developers cannot afford.
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