First Nations allege World Wide Web infringes aboriginal intellectual property rights


Unidentified prototype, built circa 1989. (Photo: Janusz Sobolewski, CC BY-SA-2.0)

A newly-filed lawsuit alleges that the idea for the Web may have been stolen.

In a suit naming Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, Facebook, ICANN, the Internet Engineering Task Force, the W3C Consortium, Tim Berners-Lee, and a host of other Internet players and pioneers, Pays des Lacs First Nation is requesting damages, lost income, and future royalties.

“The WWW is the Dreamcatcher of all Dreamcatchers,” suggested Edwin Merasty, Counsel for the plaintiff. “What is the Web if not a large hoop enclosing all humanity, with long strands that capture the thoughts that come into contact with it?”

The accused had not readied responses at press time. Mooseclean’s will continue to provide updates as this story develops.

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