Prologue

After several years of development, CLink Media is excited to introduce CLink – content link beyond hyperlink. CLink is inspired by the work of two “Fathers of the Internet”.

The term “hyperlink” is often generically associated with the World Wide Web. However, the term was coined by Ted H. Nelson in 1965 – more than 20 years before the first web server was operational. Nelson’s concept of a selectable link was considerably more expansive than the current hyperlink implementation. He envisioned new document structures with features such as visible connections, parallel text, transclusion capabilities, and transcopyright support among other features. He also suggested direct monetization of content via micropayments between parties without intermediaries. He has frequently criticized the current implementation of the hyperlink by calling it a “dumbed-down” version of his original concept.

Robert E. Kahn, co-inventor of TCP/IP (a network protocol for connecting computers on the Internet) envisioned a coherent Digital Object Architecture (“DOA”). DOA relies on meta-data and persistent identifiers for identifying, managing, linking, and accessing digital information. The CLink framework is based on this architecture.

Hyperlink in its current form has become part of our culture due to its unquestionable value allowing easier web navigation. CLink brings capabilities beyond hyperlink’s existing offerings. New features include means for registering rights information, tools for legitimate reuse of digital content, and peer-to-peer monetization without third-party intermediaries.

We recognize that enthusiasm can turn to a biased interest. Changing things for the better requires a movement of new ideas. With this in mind, we have created this forum and solicit your comments, feedback, and criticism.

Team CLink acknowledges and thanks Godfrey Rust and Rightscom Limited for their contributions to the interoperability of the CLink Platform.