W3C Objects To Royalties On ISO Country Codes

Robin Cover robin at isogen.com
Sun Sep 21 12:15:20 CEST 2003

I summarized most of the information available to me as of
September 20th:

"Standards Organizations Express Concern
About Royalty Fees for ISO Codes"


If anyone has updated information from the ISO meeting
(agenda item on the "ISO Codes" topic planned for 09/20),
or from elsewhere, please let me know.


Robin Cover
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On Sun, 21 Sep 2003, Michael Everson wrote:

> http://yro.slashdot.org/yro/03/09/20/227242.shtml?tid=126&tid=95&tid=98&tid=99
> >"Tim Berners-Lee has sent a letter of concern to the president of 
> >ISO about the idea of collecting royalties on...guess what... ISO 
> >language and country codes! According to the letter, the ISO 
> >Commercial Policies Steering Group is proposing a royalty on 
> >commercial use of ISO language, country and currency codes. The 
> >whole idea seems absurd. On what grounds could uttering lang="en-US" 
> >be subject to any intellectual property right that justified any 
> >royalty demand?"
> Good question.
> -- 
> Michael Everson * * Everson Typography *  * http://www.evertype.com
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