The New York Times has been testing its long awaited pay wall in Canada for the past week – and already people have gleefully devised multiple ways to get around it.
The pay wall – which will go live in the U.S. on Monday – requires readers to pay $15 to $35 a month, depending on whether they want access via smartphone or iPad app. The first 20 articles per month are free, however.
Some of the loopholes are intentional. The Times does not count articles linked through social networking sites towards that limit. Readers can also access five articles a day through Google, although the search engine Bing allegedly has no such restriction.
According to an interview with Forbes, the Times is putting pressure on Twitter to close down @freenytimes, but has no plans to change their programming code to dodge NYTClean. Whether the paper decides to further combat such measures will depend on their game plan, but the events of the last week have proven that launching a pay wall can be an even more harrowing prospect than we already knew.