Canadian cracks NYT paywall
By William Wolfe-Wylie, QMI Agency
Only a few days after the New York Times launched a paywall on its website for Canadian visitors, a Canadian programmer has come up with a free workaround to keep the site open to all, and it only took four lines of code.
David Hayes, a Kitchener, Ont., developer, cracked the paywall during his lunch break.
“It’s just a four-line script, plus a few more to allow me to update it,” he said in an e-mail to QMI Agency on Tuesday. “I wrote it over lunch. I’m a little surprised it took off, over 5,000 people are using it so far and it’s less than a day old.”
The code loads into a user’s browser as a button that looks like any other bookmark. When confronted with the paywall, users can click the button to reveal the full text of the article behind it.
The Times launched the Canadian paywall on March 17. It is expected to launch in the U.S. by the end of the month.