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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.
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Michael Everson * * Everson Typography *  * http://www.evertype.com