Now in the name of progress The Times is about to go on-line. That is the only way to keep it alive by eliminating expensive printing, delivery and other costs. Hardly surprisingly they want me to sign up for the on-line version.
Just to see what’s happening in other parts of the newspaper world I checked with the New York Times. And its digital subscriptions have much the same Terms and Conditions as The Times, which indicates that this is probably standard practice among all on-line papers.
“If you accept these T&Cs you acknowledge that the owner may at any time impose additional T&Cs. If you do not agree to these you will not be allowed to use this website and you must immediately delete all copies in your possession.”
It seems that when this paper goes on-line nobody will be allowed to quote extracts of it on places like my blog, Twitter and Facebook etc without first getting “the owner’s prior written approval.”
Now you need to consult a lawyer before you buy something that used to be as simple as handing your money over a counter or to a street vender. The latest technology might be a boon to the production of newspapers but it’s certainly treating the paying customers with the utmost suspicion as if they’re all crooks.