NYT: You Can Access Our Site For Free From Twitter, But Don't Tell Anyone That

from the say-what-now? dept

It's becoming more obvious every day that the NY Times itself doesn't know quite what to make of its own paywall. It's letting people view articles for free if they come from other sites, especially Twitter. The idea, of course, is that they want to encourage people to share stories and visit the site. But, apparently, there are limits to how they want you to share stuff. Specifically, the NYT has asked Twitter to block a user account called @FreeNYTimes, which used the NYT's own API to tweet every headline. Of course, this is admittedly pointless. The NYT, itself, already does that. But, so what? If this gets more people reading the site, is that really such a problem? The NYT, of course, will claim that this is just about the "trademark" issue, but is this really a "use in commerce"? It seems like a perfectly accurate descriptive use. And, really, once again, so what? How does this matter? If you don't tweet the NYT's links in a manner they approve, will they ask Twitter to shut you down? Perhaps the folks at the NYT should focus on actually providing more value to people, rather than worrying about things like this.
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  1. identicon
    InsanePenguin, 24 Mar 2011 @ 5:35am

    Take down that wall...

    I have this wall around this awesome area but you can't get through unless you use my "special" toll bridge. Don't pay attention to the unlocked door, or the window, or the big gaping hole, or the fact that the wall is only 5 feet across made from VERY strong tissue paper! But that's not the point!

    Sounds like the paywall is there to capture people who aren't internet savvy. "Oh noes, I have to pay? Well darn, I will have to go get my credit card since this is the only place to get news. Dang computers are what's wrong with this country. Hey you kids, get off my lawn!!!"

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