Daily Paywall


In Daily Paywall, Paolo Cirio redistributed thousands of pay-per-view articles for free by hacking the paywall systems of the three major financial newspapers Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and The Economist, thus proposing a new economic model for circulating news articles. Readers could earn one dollar for responding correctly to quizzes about the featured articles, journalists were invited to claim compensation for their writing, while donors could offer any amount to crowdfund the model. DailyPaywall.com holds over 60,000 articles in total; Cirio selected fifteen topics, each featuring eight articles published in 1000 print copies which were distributed as a free paper available in custom newsracks and bookshops throughout New York City. The site was shut down when the publisher Pearson PLC made claims on its own copyrighted material. A year after the legal threat, Pearson sold both The Financial Times and The Economist. As a result, Cirio republished DailyPaywall.com in its entirety.


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