Open Access News

News from the open access movement

Friday, November 15, 2002

After much internal struggle, the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) is proposing a policy that internet standards can only rest on patented technologies when the patent-holder agrees not to charge royalties. This is a major victory for the free exchange of information. Public comment on the new proposal is welcome until December 31. The final version of the policy should be ready for implementation by May 2003.