OC Weekly to Install Online Paywall

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The OC Weekly is launching an online paywall, which means that readers who want to browse the newspaper online must buy a subscription or pay a daily rate to have access to the website beginning this week.

A limited amount of content such as medicinal marijuana stories, movie listings, the calendar of events and gratuitous plugs for all the lectures, books, and media appearances by Weekly Mexican-in-Chief Gustavo Arellano will remain free.

The Weekly is one of the latest U.S. newspapers to charge for stories, photographs and videos posted on its website. The Orange County Register announced a paywall just last week. But the Weekly is the only alternative newspaper in the country whose print edition will remain free while charging for its online presence.


"It is unfair to our non-paying (print) subscribers that someone else is getting our content for free online," said Arellano. "Why should any pendejo outside of Orange County easily access our paper and boost our national presence, while our print readers must suffer the ignominy of asking for the OC Weekly at their nearest news rack, only to be given OC Metro?

Full subscribers will have full access to all stories behind the paywall. Subscribers who pay for just the Sunday paper, weekends or other days, will have free access to the website only on those days. Non-subscribers who want to read online will pay $2, which will give them access to all content for 24 hours. After appearing online for 90 days, however, all content will be available at no charge to readers, because by that point, the Register and Los Angeles Times would have already ripped off the Weekly's coverage and made it old news.

More details to come...

 Follow OC Weekly on Twitter @ocweekly or on Facebook--but be ready to pay!

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30 comments
vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

OC Register was a chore to read even when it was free. Lol at paying anything. They'll be paying for readers pretty soon I predict. 

kbear09090
kbear09090

Cool. I suggest you pay us to read it.

cbc
cbc

OK...THIS is the final straw!! I am cancelling my free subscription!! This is outrageous.

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

LOL -- esp. the bit about the unwalled stuff. (Which makes up, what, 95% of your deadtree content?)

ma305
ma305

It's a funny joke.   Even funnier is that the OC Register has disabled comments on the article about their paywall.   They know it will be filled with people like me saying "Thanks but no thanks.  Off to find another news source."


Steve Lanzi
Steve Lanzi

Oh noes! Now how will I ever know if Dave Lieberman thinks I should be banned from restaurants forever?!?!? ;-)

Jessica Boudevin
Jessica Boudevin

"gratuitous plugs for all the lectures, books, and media appearances by Weekly Mexican-in-Chief Gustavo Arellano will remain free".... "After appearing online for 90 days, however, all content will be available at no charge to readers, because by that point, the Register and Los Angeles Times would have already ripped off the Weekly's coverage and made it old news"... this had me laughing at my desk. Hysterical.

JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

Oh man this is funny, esp. parags. 2 and 4

Elizabeth Ferrari
Elizabeth Ferrari

"You can't pay for sex kittens with food stamps, Papi." -- MBFW paraphrased. :)

Dave Nguyen
Dave Nguyen

Thanks goodness. Now I'm willing to shell out hundreds of thousands of dollars just to read one article. My life has reached it's full potential. Now I need to use bacon mouthwash from Scope and drink ban on flavored beer from Miller Lite.

jonnyr72
jonnyr72

@matthew305 

I noticed that too. I was going to say goodbye one last time to the register.

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