Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, has defended his decision to auction off the original web source code as indestructible token (NFT) after critics claimed it interfered with his invention. The auction, which started just yesterday, has grown to $2.2 million from 41 bids so far.
Berners-Lee revealed last week that NFT's "Changed It All" is selling at Sotheby's for $1,000. This includes the timestamped original files containing the source code, the animation for writing it, the message created by Berners-Lee, which is reflected in the build process, and the digital "label" of the code he created from the original. Copy of files using Python. Berners-Lee letter, part of Sotheby's auction
Some have argued that selling NFT source code goes against the free and open nature of the World Wide Web, but Berners-Lee disagrees. “...the web is just as free and always open. The underlying code and web protocols aren't patented, as they always are. I don't sell the web — you don't have to start by paying to follow links.” What would it look like if the code was hung on a wall and signed By me?" To that."
Sotheby's said the proceeds from the NFT sale will go to initiatives sponsored by Berners-Lee and his wife Rosemary Leith.
"I've always been interested in the digital world to see if we can use NFT to offset this." Creators are like musicians and artists.” “In terms of selling a work of art, it is beneficial for artists [...] to have the equivalent of making a product in the digital world.”
from The NFT is expected to become one of the most expensive auctions in history, with only six days left. Christie & Mike Winkelman Auctions raised $69 million with "Every Day: The First 5,000 Days" pictured above.
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The Burners-Lee team defends the NFT auction with original web source code