Some Suggested Improvements to the New York Times Paywall

The New York Times has decided to enact strict controls on access. While the paywall is a good start it does not go far enough. Here are some suggested improvements:

(1) You may not read articles on aloud. If you do, anyone with in earshot will be credited with having read one of the 20 free articles allotted to them each month.

(2) You may not read with friends. If a friend is present while you are reading the article and they in anyway see the content it will count towards their 20 allowed free views per month if they are not a subscriber. If they are a subscriber, and you are not, it will count twice against your allowed remaining total.

(3) For non-paying subscribers, any content read outside the New York Times website that sounds like the person who wrote it read a New York Times article will count towards your allowable total of free articles for that month.

(4) reserves the right to deem all Times content including but not limited to that which has been, heard, inadvertently seen, dreamed about, relayed via blog post/equivalent lesser newspaper, or  substantially similar to any existing Times article constructively read for the purpose of calculating page views and advertising rates.

(5) Print subscribers will receive free access to the website to view unlimited content so long as this content is not viewed on (i) a mobile device (ii) an ipad (iii) a laptop (iv) any other convenient method of access.

(6) Electronic subscriptions do not include access to the full version of the New York Times crossword puzzle. Electronic subscribers will only be allowed to access a limited version of the crossword each day. does not make any warranties or representations about the accuracy, completeness, or entertainment value of this limited puzzle. reserves the right to delete such words and questions as it sees fit in the free version as well as to add black boxes or change the shape of designated “fun words.” For full access to crosswords, subscribers may upgrade to a “preferred subscriber account” for $999 per month.

(7) You may not read any other newspaper. Failure to obey this command will result in immediate termination of your subscriber agreement.  Parties to any subscription terminated as a result of a breach of this section agree to receive the “Weekender” for 1 (one) year on the Friday of the week following its release.


About clevis1

Christian Levis is the creator of EchoFriendly, a location based chat application for the iOS. He is a graduate of NYU's College of Arts & Sciences and holds degrees in biology and English along with a professional certificate in marketing. He also a graduate of the Fordham University School of Law, and deeply concerned about privacy and the impact that social media has on intellectual property. Christian is also a jazz pianist. His favorite band is Steely Dan. His favorite book is too hard to choose. He enjoys seafood but not really lobster and drinks more coffee than is probably healthy for a normal human being. You can find him on Twitter @echomeback Or on Facebook as...Christian Levis
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