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New York Times Paywall Goes Live, Loopholes Abound
3/29/2011

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of the move has made the natural transition to methods of bypassing it. As expected, a number of loopholes and hacks have appeared. One of the more dishonorable methods appeared almost instantly. Using a Twitter account named @FreeNYT, an unnamed user aggregated every article the scandal sheet* posted to Twitter. The site caught The Times' notice and before long, The Times requested that Twitter suspend the account, arguing that it violated its trademark. Another loophole uses four lines of CSS and . Canadian contributor David Hayes managed to strip the Times' website of any mention of digital subscriptions in addition to getting past the paywall. The hack was released in the form of NYTClean, a bookmarklet easily added to web browsers."
It's likely that the paywall is deliberately porous; as paywalls go, it's a approximately unrestrictive one. Readers referred from search or other sites are unlikely to notice a difference. Workarounds at least keep readers on their site.



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