The Economist Warns That Newspapers Putting Up Paywalls May Create Newspaper 'Pirates'
from the well,-duh dept
However, the final paragraph notes a warning to newspaper paywalls (and to television folks who think that charging for shows online makes sense):
In this sense the pertinent parallel is not with music or films but with newspapers and magazines. These days print piracy is a trivial issue, since most general news articles are given away free. If newspapers and magazines begin charging people to read their output, the pirates are likely to turn up, and quickly.Of course, it's not clear whoever wrote that piece talked about it with the management at The Economist, since last year they decided to bring back something of a paywall for its own content.