Now, of course copyright owners of “free” resources have the right to set the terms of access. They can put up a datawall that demands the exchange of personal information (and thus enables data tracking, reporting, and maybe even aggregation with other datasets) for the otherwise free article. I wonder how far we will see this extend.
As revenues from alternatives decrease and digital revenue sources prove insufficient, publishers are finding that straight-up asking readers to pay may be the best approach going forward.
It’s time to pay up! The Kitchen ends free meals for freeloaders.
The New York Times is likely to introduce institutional pricing now that it is beginning to charge for consumer access.
Despite hand-wringing about the Times UK’s paywall, the numbers show that revenues may have justified the move.