Linked by David Adams on Sun 11th Jul 2010 18:54 UTC
Internet & Networking There's an article today at that looks at recent trends around net-based pay-for services and the smattering of paywalls from News Corp to the NYT that are up or threatening to be put up, and speculating that this could be the beginning of a trend. Of course, a YouTube video rental site and a few large publishers putting up paywalls will make zero difference to the "free internet" on their own. But if they're successful, it could spark emulation. But could this be a trend that could snowball enough to change the nature of the net?
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RE[2]: Comment by t3RRa
by ssa2204 on Mon 12th Jul 2010 03:18 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by t3RRa"
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"Actually, people pay for the internet connection, and if they want to view something on the internet they need to pay additional cost for those contents then people would not understand and won't use internet as much as nowadays.

Or else they'll start pirating content, just like they pirate movies, music, and apps now. Then you'll see the publishing/news industries trying to control copy/paste in order to combat 'content piracy'.

The real question is, do we still need the news media? I mean, if there's a huge earthquake in California (or whatever), it's going to be all over the internet in a very short time.

It will be all over the internet, because actual news organizations are there on the scene reporting it. Sorry but you have this the other way around. It is the media leeches, the bloggers and such that could simply disappear without notice.

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