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: Comment by AaronD
by cerbie on Mon 12th Jul 2010 04:49 UTC in reply to "Comment by AaronD"
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leaving the web to become a seedy red-light district.
You mean it isn't that now? ;)

News companies have been screwing themselves out of customers for decades, now. The internet just made it easier for those people who didn't have other ways to get news without paying them for pieces of paper with copied content. Pay walls won't work because they aren't offering anything worth paying for. It's really less about any of the other issues that try to get tangled in with it, than it is that paying extra for the same copied content being sent out everywhere, with no depth in the research/reporting, is not worth it.

However, being primarily bean-counters, the head honchos are blind to that. Offer value, make ads 1st-party only, and then let's see what happens.

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