Linked by David Adams on Sun 11th Jul 2010 18:54 UTC
Internet & Networking There's an article today at abc.com 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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information wants to be free
by reflect on Mon 12th Jul 2010 09:03 UTC
reflect
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2007-07-10

Whenever I hear this, I don't think about content like music and movies. I think about specifications, RFCs and protocols (etc etc etc) and most news falls into this category, but if you provide more than just news, ie investigate reporting etc, then it doesn't apply for that. The important things that are almost required to be free and open for all, for interoperabilities sake and to keep people informed about what is happening. After all, it's pretty nice to not having to pay to know there's an election coming up, or that your hospital is being moved.

Content like interviews, music and whatnot doesn't fall into this free and open category imho. They can be free if the producers so chooses, but doesn't have to and I don't expect it to be. Wonder how the porn industry has changed over time. How many provided subscriptions 10-15 years ago compared to today?

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vodoomoth Member since:
2010-03-30

Wonder how the porn industry has changed over time. How many provided subscriptions 10-15 years ago compared to today?

Are you saying that 10-15 years ago most were free and now most are not?

If so, it was probably in its infancy, there were enthusiastic webmasters and proud amateurs sharing their feats. Until they realized the money they could make. So why say no to that financial manna when it's there and only waiting to be harvested?

Porn is probably not the only industry in that situation.

If so, I concur and give the specific example of dating sites: this week-end (i.e. two days ago), I was on a classified ads site and I came across an ad for adultfriendfinder.com that was touting "100% gratuit" (which is "100% free"). Guess what? Creating an account is indeed 100% gratis but you can't do anything, not even view a profile without paying. And I wondered why I should pay 100+ € for a service I didn't know anything about 10 minutes earlier and that I can't even try.
The same practices can also be found on meetic and ulla and these didn't encourage me to spend more than 5 minutes on the website.

I remember some of my student years around 2000-2003 where free dating sites were maybe not the norm here in France but they were frequent. Then meetic came out of a dark closet, bought competitors, had partnerships with others (like Yahoo's dating service, I forgot the name) and ended up having built a stronghold of monopoly.

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