Tim Berners Lee on software patents
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.
From an article in Scientific American, November 2010:
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.
Related pages on ESP Wiki
- Webpage and web service patents
- Statements from developers
- Timothy B. Lee on software patents (Similar name, not to be confused with)
- World Wide Web Inventor Warns Of Patent Licensing Royalty Threat, Sept 2004, CRN