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W3C Proposes Flexibility on Royalty-Free Policy

The W3C, concerned that some of its work on web services standards could slow, last week began searching for a flexible compromise on the controversial plan to allow only royalty-free technologies to be considered as standards. While W3C insists the new plan keeps the RF preferences in place, the body wants to provide flexibility on a case-by-case basis. See the plan.

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SOAP Poised for "Clean" Royalty-Free Bill of Health

Momentum continues to build for widespread and royalty-free adoption of SOAP. Despite concerns that W3C's adoption of SOAP 1.2 specs may be bogged down by vendor claims of royalty or patent protection, analysts expect the situation will be resolved by yearend. Epicentric (one of the vendors thought to be holding IP claims on SOAP) has withdrawn those claims. While that still leaves WebMethods' claims, sources say behind-the-scenes negotiations are busily at work to put the issue to rest.

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W3C Last Call Goes Royalty Free

The W3C wants to make sure that technologies that are adopted -- or even considered -- as web services standards be available to ISVs and end users on a royalty-free basis. Failing that, the group wants to put in place work-around policies that will make sure work on web services standards doesn't drag. After more than a year of discussion and back-and-forth proposals, the W3C last week released its Last Call document lining out its Royalty-Free Patent Policy.

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