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Axel Springer Adds Paywalls To Two Major Newspaper Sites

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More European newspapers are joining the paid content club: Axel Springer has put up online paywalls for two of its German newspapers, the Berliner Morgenpost and the Hamburger Abendblatt. This follows reports of French paper Le Figaro readying a paywall this month, and ahead of a planned paywall from Times Online, expected this spring.

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4 Responses to “Axel Springer Adds Paywalls To Two Major Newspaper Sites”

  1. @gkamp They may have started to come into place but hadn’t been widely reported internationally, and it’s a big issue in other markets now, as you know. Would be very interested to see if they–or any other publications–end up putting the “restricted first-click free variant” as you call it.

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    One might only wonder how many billions of dollars and euros the newspaper and magazine publishing industry has lost believing the gurus of “free-is-always-better”?

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  4. For germans this is really old news, since this paywall is effective since mid December2009. It has the usual Google-Loopholes (same as WSJ) via the First-Click Free via Google News or Google search as well as accessing the full content via the Googlebot user-agent. There have been some indications that they are going to implement the restricted first-click free variant. but i haven’t checkt if they already did so . They hadn’t implmented the resticted programme back in December when i checked it.