Wednesday, October 03, 2007

New York Times Stops Charging For Its Web Site

Linking to articles from the mainstream media has been difficult because eventually they either remove the story after its shelf-life has expired (Yahoo!), or they move it behind a subscription wall (New York Times).

Linking to an article that eventually was hidden behind a subscription wall made it difficult to share information with my readers.

I know that some believe I am occasionally in violation of copyrights, but I acknowledge the copyrights and I try to link to the source. I never pretend that I have written something I am reprinting. And I am hardly profiteering off the published works of others.

Good news came a couple weeks ago when the New York Times, still one of the best papers available even in its current neo-con condition of having supported the invasion of Iraq and perpetuating the disintegration of our electoral process, disbanded its online subscription fees and made access to their daily a free site!

Well done, New York Times!

Times to Stop Charging for Parts of Its Web Site
The New York Times will stop charging for access to parts of its Web site, effective at midnight tonight.

The move comes two years to the day after The Times began the subscription program, TimesSelect, which has charged $49.95 a year, or $7.95 a month, for online access to the work of its columnists and to the newspaper’s archives. TimesSelect has been free to print subscribers to The Times and to some students and educators.

In addition to opening the entire site to all readers, The Times will also make available its archives from 1987 to the present without charge, as well as those from 1851 to 1922, which are in the public domain. There will be charges for some material from the period 1923 to 1986, and some will be free.

The Times said the project had met expectations, drawing 227,000 paying subscribers — out of 787,000 over all — and generating about $10 million a year in revenue. More . . .

Now when I link from an article here to an article at the Times, you will see the article!

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