"Iain Thomson: It is not an exaggeration to say that if it
wasn't for Berners-Lee you might not be reading this article.
"Berners-Lee, while at CERN, developed the basic protocols of
the World Wide Web, initially just for internal use. But when the
brilliance of the invention became clear he devoted his life to its
growth and spread, even if he did make a few mistakes along the way
(see Geek 5).
"Had he patented his invention Berners-Lee would probably have
wealth equalling that of a small country. Instead he gave it away,
recognising that profiting from something like this would inhibit
the growth of a technology that had the potential to revolutionise
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