WSJ paywall falls with Chrome extension

Chris Roush

Chris Roush is the dean of the School of Communications at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. He was previously Walter E. Hussman Sr. Distinguished Professor in business journalism at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is a former business journalist for Bloomberg News, Businessweek, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Tampa Tribune and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. He is the author of the leading business reporting textbook "Show me the Money: Writing Business and Economics Stories for Mass Communication" and "Thinking Things Over," a biography of former Wall Street Journal editor Vermont Royster.

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2 Responses

  1. My experience is that people who would use such tools would not have paid for the product anyway. For the higher-end readers of the Journal, it’s more convenient to simply pay $2 a week instead of constantly chasing the newest way to avoid payment (that the WSJ will shut down eventually.) It’s worth WSJ, NYT, and others’ time to play whack-a-mole with high profile paywall-avoidance tactics but it’d be a huge and expensive mistake to try to anticipate all possible methods.

    They only need to look to the debacle that is digital rights management in the software & gaming industries. These companies spend millions attempting to lock their products down, only to have them cracked before they’re even released.

    Check out EA’s 5 year history unsuccessfully battling piracy: — unsuccessful & expense prevention at the inconvenience of paying customers. Let’s hope NYT, WSJ, etc. don’t go down the same route. Mainly I would keep in mind that the percentage of the population who would install this extension is very small, and the overlap with people who would pay for this content is microscopic at best.

    I would love to hear differing viewpoints.

    Jeremy Phillips

  2. vs says:

    Actually, I pay for full subscription but I am using the extension because it’s simply easier then to establish a login, remember yet another password and start reading the articles. I don’t read any editorial content online, since I like reading that in print (somehow the placement of editorials on paper frames their importance in my mind, or maybe it’s just habit) and only the content that is hidden in inner pages in the print edition.

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