Tim Berners-Lee sells web source code NFT for $5.4m (is this the most expensive Python program made?)

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“I’m not even selling the source code. I’m selling a picture that I made, with a Python programme that I wrote myself…”

Tim Berners-Lee sells web source code NFT for $5.4m – BBC News

NFTs are certificates of ownership for digital assets, which often do not have a physical representation.

They do not necessarily include copyright control – and critics say they are get-rich-quick schemes that are bad for the environment.

World-wide-web creator Sir Tim Berners-Lee sold the NFT to an unidentified buyer, through auction house Sotheby’s.

The highest bid stood at $3.5m for most of the last day of the auction – but there were a flurry of bids in the closing 15 minutes.

The auction began on 23 June, with an opening bid of $1,000.

NFTs have been criticized for their impact on the environment, as the blockchain – where the records of ownership are stored on a digital ledger – requires huge amounts of energy to run.

Sotheby’s said it would pay for a carbon offset for the “minting and transaction costs of the sale”.

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Tim Berners-Lee defends auction of NFT representing web’s source code

“I’m not even selling the source code. I’m selling a picture that I made, with a Python programme that I wrote myself, of what the source code would look like if it was stuck on the wall and signed by me.

“If they felt that me selling an NFT of a poster is inappropriate, then what about me selling a book? I do things like that, which involve money, but the free and open web is still free and open. And we do still, every now and again, have to fight to keep it free and open, fight for net neutrality and so on.”


And here is the what the person got who won the auction.

Work includes:

  1. Original archive of dated and time-stamped files containing the source code, written between 3 October 1990 and 24 August 1991. These files contain code with approximately 9,555 lines, the contents of which include implementations of the three languages and protocols invented by Sir Tim; HTML (Hypertext Markup Language); HTTP (Hyper Transfer Protocol); and URIs (Uniform Resource Identifiers), as well as the original HTML documents that instructed early web users on how to use the application
  2. Animated visualization of the code being written (Video, black & white, silent), lasting 30 minutes 25 seconds
  3. A Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) representation of the full code (A0 841mm wide by 1189 mm high), created by Sir Tim from the original files using Python, with a graphic representation of his physical signature at lower right
  4. A letter written in the README.md file (in “markdown” format) by Sir Tim in June of 2021, reflecting upon the code and his process of creating it

Non-fungible Token ERC-721
Minted on June 15, 2021, ed. 1/1
Smart Contract Address: 0x86ade256037d80d6d42df8df96d5be21cd25bd8f


There may be a code error in the NFT that was sold, it might be worth more since it’s a “misprint” of sorts?


For posts about NFT, art, etc. we’re not advocating NFTs. It’s interesting to see what is happening, the discussions about its impact on the environment, and choices artists can make for how it is minted / sold. We’ll post more about NFT in a pretty short list of topics, please do not assume we are telling people to purchase NFTs, make them, or harassing people if they do or do not.

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Any way, for $5m, toss in a NeXTcube.


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