by Mike Masnick

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paywalls, rupert murdoch

As Murdoch Puts Times Online Behind A Paywall, Competitors Happily Plan To Stay Free

from the good-luck,-rupert dept

As Rupert Murdoch is getting ready to put paywalls on two of his UK publications, The Times of London and The Sunday Times, his competitors are remaining adamantly free online. The Guardian, for example, has been a loud and proud supporter of free content, and now the Daily Mail Online is standing by its free online site by noting:
"A pay-wall MIGHT make a little money -- we will make a lot."
The management of the paper explained that people don't pay for news -- they've paid for the convenience of paper, but that online news will likely remain free -- and that they're big enough to make advertising pay well. In fact, it seems likely that if Murdoch locks up his content behind a paywall, that will only drive more readers to sites like The Daily Mail and The Guardian and boost their ad revenue...

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    The raging cleaning lady, 27 Apr 2010 @ 8:16pm

    News-papers are more convenient for me.

    The biggest problem with internet news is that you can't really swat houseflies with a news-computer like you can with a news-paper. Until they make a swatable news-computer, that swats houseflies as efficiently as a news-paper, I will have a hard time paying for online news because every time I try to swat a fly, I'd have to buy a new computer, which could be quite costly over the year.

    Then there's my weekend hobby of making paper maché art. Again, computers are not a good substitute for the news-paper with this either. I've tried.

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