30 April 1993 CERN published a statement that made World Wide Web technology available on a royalty free basis, allowing the web to flourish
Oce Eeco stashed this in Web Culture
"The first web server: Tim Berners-Lee used this NeXT computer in 1990 to develop and run the first WWW server, multimedia browser and web editor"
If Steve Jobs had not been fired from Apple, he would not have created NeXT.
And then TimBL would not have had the machine with which he could create The Web.
And yes, it's awesome TimBL and Robert Cauilliau were able to get CERN to offer The Web royalty-free.
If CERN had patented The Web twenty years ago, that patent would be expiring around now.
Think about how much worse the world would be right now if CERN had patented The Web back then.
If it had been patented, it would have ended up like Gopher: