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The Year of the Paywall

Once upon a time, Web users demonized businesses that tried to charge for content online. Next year more than 400 publishers will keep their meters running

In the early days of the Internet, digital libertarians scolded anyone trying to make a buck on the Web, and traditional newspaper publishers essentially gave away their expensive-to-create content for free. Today, the weakened industry’s survivors seem determined to get readers to pay up, and they’re busily erecting electronic paywalls around their news and entertainment to make sure that happens.