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Re: did cern try to sell the web?

From: Tim Berners-Lee <timbl@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 6 Aug 2009 08:14:51 -0400
Cc: www-archive@w3.org
Message-Id: <3CA112EB-EF5F-40C1-B82F-9BCF1182E430@w3.org>
To: Aaron Swartz <me@aaronsw.com>
No, they did not try to sell it it as far as I am aware.  There was a  
certain amount of agonizing that CERN didn't really have a story about  
what to do about spinning out technology.   There were some arguing  
that the IPR should be kept by CERN, but no real plans as to what to  
do with it.    Hey, if they had been MIT they might have encouraged me  
to spin it out as a startup, with the help of some experienced people  
who had done it before, and well, maybe the world would have just  
waited 17 years as it did for RSA.  I am sure in fact a bunch of  
competing systems would have ended up without a single interoperable  
space.

Tim

On 2009-08 -05, at 21:00, Aaron Swartz wrote:

> According to http://yglesias.thinkprogress.org/archives/2008/11/what_might_have_been_4.php
> the head of CERN claimed that CERN tried to put the Web up for sale
> shortly after it was developed. I don't remember reading anything
> about this in _Weaving the Web_ or the usual sources; is it true?
>
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