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W3C Poisoned by Promoters of Software Patents Who Attack GNU/Linux

Posted in Apple, Microsoft, Novell, Patents, Standard at 11:23 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Jeff Jaffe at the event announcing the Microsoft/Novell deal (2006)

Summary: Novell’s CTO, who encourages maximisation of software patents, becomes another threat to the Web as he takes leadership in the World Wide Web Consortium

“SMELLS fishy,” told me Jan Wildeboer regarding the fact that “MSFT enters W3C WGs, Jeff Jaffe becomes the CEO.” Yes, the W3C has been letting in some bad staff recently, including some of the latest arrivals. First there’s a person from the software patents supporter known as IBM which has a seat, along with one from Microsoft and Apple, who are anti-GNU/Linux bullies that attack the platform with software patents (yes, Apple too [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]). Some of these people are not compatible with the W3C. One of the reasons that the World Wide Web was so successful was the deliberate absence (by exclusion) of software patents, which made the platform free.

On top of all this, based on many news reports [1, 2, 3, 4], the chief executive will be Novell’s departing CTO, Jeff Jaffe, who also has roots in IBM (which doesn’t help much). He was chosen despite his love for software patents [1, 2, 3] and patent traps like Mono.

The World Wide Web Consortium, which oversees development of Hypertext Markup Language and several other standards relating to the Web, has a new leader who wants to help streamline some of the group’s standardization efforts and beef up its ties with outside programmers.

Jeff Jaffe, Novell’s chief technology officer until January and a former executive at IBM and Lucent Technologies’ Bell Labs, was named W3C’s new chief executive officer on Sunday. In the post, he’ll work with group director and Web founder Tim Berners-Lee.

Berners-Lee very much dislikes software patents, so why does he surround himself with these people? They are all in favour of software patents (or their employers are). Apple has already ‘planted’ some software patents in the Web and also strongly opposed Ogg. Added below is a relevant conversion from one hour ago.

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lyle speaking of patents Mar 08 15:17
lyle what happens to novell’s patents if they get bought by elliot? Mar 08 15:17
DaemonFC and the only reason those jobs came is because the companies don’t have to pay any taxes to reside here Mar 08 15:18
lyle and elliot sells bits and pieces Mar 08 15:18
oiaohm Highest bidder lyle Mar 08 15:18
lyle could spell trouble for linux Mar 08 15:18
oiaohm Not really. Mar 08 15:18
oiaohm Anyone trying to use them could find them in a world of trouble. Mar 08 15:18
lyle not if patent trolls get them Mar 08 15:19
oiaohm Since Novell signed a legally binding agreement covering all there patents. Mar 08 15:19
DaemonFC I wonder if there are any HUD dollar homes here Mar 08 15:19
lyle oiaohm: where? Mar 08 15:19
DaemonFC the banks have foreclosed on everyone, so maybe Mar 08 15:19
oiaohm So they cannot be used against open source ever. Mar 08 15:19
lyle no, you are thinking of the patents they gave to OIN Mar 08 15:19
lyle but they didn’t give all of theirs to OIN Mar 08 15:19
oiaohm Part of the OIN agreement Mar 08 15:19
oiaohm To have a seat on there. Mar 08 15:20
oiaohm It not just give patents lyle Mar 08 15:20
lyle ok, but they won’t be Novell’s patents once they are sold to a patent troll Mar 08 15:20
oiaohm Now those patents being used against Microsoft and other closed source companies would not be in breach. Mar 08 15:20
lyle and the patent troll will not have agreed Mar 08 15:20
lyle that agreement only states that *Novell* won’t sue Mar 08 15:21
oiaohm Even when sold the take out of the patent agreements still stand unless those agreements expires. Mar 08 15:21
oiaohm The oin agreement does not have an expirely. Mar 08 15:21
oiaohm The Microsoft one does. Mar 08 15:21
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  1. Yuhong Bao said,

    March 9, 2010 at 10:01 pm


    BAM, it is now on Slashdot now, thanks Ender2070:

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