Skip to comments.News Website says You Need to Pay to Read Stories; Collects IP numbers
Posted on 10/28/2010 3:58:39 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne
Well, here's a fun one. Apparently, there's a local news site known as The North Country Gazette (don't click that just yet...) covering parts of upstate New York via a blog format. Rather than putting in place an actual technical paywall, the site has apparently decided to go with a paywall-by-threat model. If you visit a story on the site, it tells you that you're only allowed to view one page for free, and then they expect you to pay up:
A subscription is required at North Country Gazette. We allow only one free read per visitor. We are currently gathering IPs and computer info on persistent intruders who refuse to buy subscription and are engaging in a theft of services. We have engaged an attorney who will be doing a bulk subpoena demand on each ISP involved, particularly Verizon Droids, Frontier and Road Runner, and will then pursue individual legal actions.Where to start? First, I love how "Verizon Droid" (a phone) is included in the list of ISPs. But, more to the point, this site seems to believe that if it just says you can only visit once without paying, and you don't, it has the right to then use your IP to sue you for "theft of services." I'd love to see how well that plays out in court.
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Not your garden-variety stupid, but industrial-strength stupid.
No, señor, no hablo ingles.
There is a crap load of underemployed/unemployed lawyers out there willing and able to screw you via these schemes.
Law profession = shake down artists
I wonder how many morons actually bought subscriptions.
Hmmmm ... the direct link asks for a user name and password then gives a 401 error. Good luck to them with their business model.
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