This reminds me of my old boss, who wanted to buy stocks of "internet,&quot becuase he was sure they’d go through the roof. I’ve heard others joke about the same thing. Maybe he heard the joke and thought it was a hot tip. Anyway, he was half correct.
I think you’re point is dead on. Berners-Lee wanted a simple and open method of communication. To think that keeping a patent on it and using it for profit would have made him richer than Bill Gates shows about as much grasp on reality as my old boss. Great ideas aren’t for the purpose making money, they are simply for improving life.