[LINK] Not suggesting anyone does this

stephen at melbpc.org.au stephen at melbpc.org.au
Tue Mar 29 21:39:12 AEDT 2011

Not suggesting anyone should do this .. however .. $40 million?


Frustrated by the idea of paying for what was once free, some New York 
Times readers have devised widely publicized methods for subverting its 
newly erected paywall. Their efforts, it turns out, may be for naught.

While testing out the paywall Monday afternoon, Mashable readers pointed 
out that it’s breathtakingly easy to subvert the paywall. 

Readers need only remove "?gwh=numbers" from the URL. They can also clear 
their browser caches, or switch browsers as soon as they see the 
subscription prompt. All three of these simple fixes will let them 
continue reading.

We were already aware that the Times doesn’t want to make it difficult 
for readers who want to access its content to be able to do so without 
paying — in addition to 20 free articles per month, readers can view 25 
free articles per day through search, and an unlimited number via blogs 
and social networks. But we weren’t aware the Times wanted to make it 
quite that easy. Especially if, as rumors suggest, the Times paid $40 
million to erect its paywall in the first place.


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