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In addition to the websites of numerous French print, radio and television websites, the action was also joined by Deezer, a France-based music streaming service.
In announcing its plans in 2015 to organise joint actions against adblocker software, the Geste trade association said the objective was to remind users that “content and services aren’t free” and emphasise “the indispensible character of advertising as a source of financing”. French Media Takes a Stance on Adblockers - No ads, no Access [theguardian.com]
If their publications are anything like those of English language big media I have not sympathy for them. They ruined it for all of us by having obnoxious ads.
The concerted effort of multiple publishers working in harmony might have a greater effect than some publishers working alone.
You have no moral right to use their bandwidth and view their content while knowing that you're blocking their source of revenue.
publishers have a right to deny access to their sites to anyone they choose
Morals aside, the publishers have a right to deny access to their sites to anyone they choose.
I hope the old media sites who deny access to adblockers understand why adblockers came to be a thing. If they don't adapt and become more responsible with their advertising then this particular business model is well and truly doomed (if it isn't already).
Slate tried charging overseas subscribers a fee after five free articles but apparently it didn't work out well as the plan was quietly withdrawn after a few months.
You need content that is worth paying for, for that approach to work, though.....
Also, there are many kinds of sites that don't lend themselves to paywalls because people use them irregularly.
...As they were unlikely to click such an ad anyway...
the WIDE majority of people using ad blockers don't even realize they're doing it. Most of them picked up a spyware from somewhere, and instead of removing the spyware, some well-meaning friend, family member, or the genius at the computer repair shop installed an ad blocker.
That means the user found their system working screwy, asked a wiser head to fix it.
I assumed that micropayment would come along and be our main source of revenue