“Specifically, I am concerned that that code risks breaching a
fundamental principle of the web by requiring payment for linking
between certain content online,” Berners-Lee told a Senate
committee scrutinizing a bill that would create the New Media
If the code is deployed globally, it could “make the web
unworkable around the world”, he said.
It’s a question dividing proponents and critics of the proposed
Australian law: does it effectively make Google and Facebook
“pay for clicks” and might it be the beginning of the end of
I don’t know what this Berners-Lee guy knows about the web, but I agree.