We've seen all sorts of paywall ideas for newspapers, some more ridiculous than others, but this one seems really bizarre. We've been waiting for some time to see the details of Stephen Brill's paywalls-for-newspapers company
, Journalism Online, and apparently the first "in the wild" test for the system will be with LancasterOnline, the website of a small newspaper in south-central Pennsylvania... and the paywall will only cover the obituaries section
. Yes, you read that right. You can read seven obits for free, but if you have eight friends who died this month, you'll have to pay an additional $1.99 per month to keep reading their obits.
Separately, it appears that Journalism Online's "paywall" system is so weak that even the company itself is highlighting ways to get around the paywall