July 14, 2009
Posted: 12:24 PM ET
Last week the New York Times e-mailed a survey to its print subscribers to ask how they felt about paying for online content.
According to the survey:
The recession has not been kind to print news publishers. Several large newspapers such as The Rocky Mountain News have closed their doors for good, while others like the Seattle Post-Intelligencer have become Web-only publications. But advertising alone may be unable to sustain many news services, and publishers are scrambling to find new online sources of revenue.
Dwindling profits are also causing media companies to become more possessive of the news they generate.
In an article from the New York Times, Associated Press executives say they are concerned about news forums around the Web, including major search engines and aggregators like the Drudge Report, that link to news articles without paying licensing fees.
A group of European publishers is even pushing for new laws restricting online news distribution that, Ars Technica claims, "amounts to a long-winded rant against the Internet for stealing their news."
After years of easily accessible free news online, can the New York Times or any media company successfully retreat to a subscription-based method to monetize and control content?
Would you pay for access?
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