Shun a compromise on Web patents

by Andy Oram

A recent


reveals that the people who proposed the

W3C Patent Policy Framework

are bending in response to criticism.
The best news, which comes from working group chair Danny Weitzner,
is that two staunch proponents of free software are joining the working group. But the very existence of the working group poses the risk that it will have to adopt some kind of policy simply to justify its existence.
Now Apple Computer and Hewlett-Packard are asking the W3C to rule out royalties
(payments for patented technologies).
But royalties are only a part of the problem, as I recently

pointed out
It would be a shame for the royalties to be removed and the rest of this dangerous
framework to be adopted in the interests of "compromise."