Paywall reprieve: Volokh content will be free and easy for everyone until Dec. 31, free for many (and free for all via RSS/Twitter/Facebook) after that

July 25, 2014

As I mentioned when the blog moved to The Washington Post, we are unfortunately scheduled to be placed behind The Post’s rather permeable paywall. We realize that this may cause some inconvenience for some existing readers — we very much regret that, and we tried to negotiate around it, but that’s The Post’s current approach. The paywall was originally planned on going up after six months, which is to say about now.

The good news, though, is that we and The Post have just agreed to have the paywall delayed until Dec. 31. (The paywall exemption until now, and from now until Dec. 31, comes from our giving up a large chunk of our advertising revenue for that time.) Beyond this,

1. Even after the six months, the blog will be outside the paywall for any .edu, .gov, and .mil readers. If you are an .edu, .gov, or .mil reader, but want to access the blog from home, you will be able to do that just by registering for a free account. (That’s true for all Washington Post content.)

2. The first 10 page accesses per month to Washington Post material will be free, so if you’re an occasional reader, you’ll likely be able to read the blog the familiar way.

3. Even beyond this, all readers will still be able to read all the posts on the blog via

  • its RSS feed,
  • its Facebook feed, and
  • its Twitter feed (click Follow at http://twitter.com/VolokhC — over 12,000 of you already subscribe to us via Twitter (counting VolokhC and some no longer promoted but still working alternative Twitter feeds).

We’d have liked to keep our blog entirely outside the paywall, but one problem with joint ventures is that one sometimes doesn’t get what one likes. And — as we’ve seen from our substantially increased visitor counts — the payoff has been a broader reach for our ideas, which is why we blog in the first place. Still, we’re delighted that the paywall has been put off, at least until Dec. 31.

Eugene Volokh teaches free speech law, religious freedom law, church-state relations law, a First Amendment Amicus Brief Clinic, and tort law, at UCLA School of Law, where he has also often taught copyright law, criminal law, and a seminar on firearms regulation policy.
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