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Tim Berners Lee on software patents

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Tim Berners Lee is the developer of the World Wide Web.

"Software patents are a terrible thing" - from a conversation with journalist Glyn Moody, early 2010.[1]

From an article in Scientific American, November 2010:[2]

Openness also means you can build your own Web site or company without anyone's approval. When the Web began, I did not have to obtain permission or pay royalties to use the Internet's own open standards, such as the well-known transmission control protocol (TCP) and Internet protocol (IP). Similarly, the Web Consortium's royalty-free patent policy says that the companies, universities and individuals who contribute to the development of a standard must agree they will not charge royalties to anyone who may use the standard.

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  1. http://twitter.com/glynmoody/statuses/6264967484
  2. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=long-live-the-web&page=3


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