As a result, free content and services have become an entitlement — an unearned privilege. There’s nothing inevitable about content and services being free, although we collectively chose to make free content a cornerstone of the web. That choice, I now think, is the web’s original sin.
This article has it backwards. The web wasn’t originally a commercial place. When it exploded it became commercialized. The expectation of free content on the web isn’t sin, it’s part of the ethos in which it was created.