Version 1.0: June 1, 1996
At the January 1996 W3C Advisory Committee meeting a number of members expressed interest in having W3C work with them to address issues of protecting intellectual property on the Internet. W3C agreed to address the issue as soon as possible.
W3C has identified a research project at MIT with whom to work on this area. They are working closely with the sources of a significant amount of valuable intellectual property and have asked W3C to work with them to make it available on the Internet. W3C will meet with the research group before the June, 1996 Advisory Committee meeting to see if a joint project is truly feasible. If so, W3C will arrange a joint meeting of W3C member representatives, W3C staff, research group staff, and other interested parties.
W3C's only commitment is to work in this area.