Did The NYTimes Just Offload Its Front Page To The Atlantic?

from the seems-like-it dept

We've already pointed out how the NY Times' "paywall," which says it's okay if you click from any other site rather than the NY Times' own site, appears to harm the NY Times and help competitors, and it seems some competitors are stepping up into the breach. The Atlantic, which has embraced the internet, perhaps like no other old school publication, has now started highlighting which NY Times stories you might want to read each day. And, since you're coming from The Atlantic, you can read those articles without having to pay the paywall master. In other words, the Atlantic now provides a better front page to the NY Times than the NY Times does itself.
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    Anonymous Coward, 5 Apr 2011 @ 11:56pm

    I mean, if you think about it, let's say the NYT did fire all of its reporters and opinion writers and such. All those people are either going to find jobs at other news organizations, or become baristas. But the ones that find other jobs will continue writing news, and they'll post it on the Internet for free because who wants to be behind a paywall amirite? Some of the baristas will blog in their spare time, and so their content is also fair game.

    The NYT can then just Google all their former reporters and link to whatever they write. It will be effectively identical content but they won't be paying a dime for it.

    They could also just rehost the content on their own site and claim fair use so they can capture all the ad revenue. After all, how can you affect the market for a work when the work is given away for free?

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