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Earlier today I suggested that we were headed toward a two-tier information economy where wealthy people pay for good stuff and everyone else gets free crappy stuff. But I may have miscalculated–maybe even rich people won’t be willing to buy the good stuff.
That’s one lesson you might derive from this odd lawsuit: The Financial Times is suing Stephen Schwarzman’s Blackstone Group (BX), claiming that the private equity group has been defrauding it since 2002. How? By allowing multiple people to use a single account to access articles on the paper’s FT.com site.
If they offer a "single user subscription" and a "home subscription" and a "business subscription" I would assume that the latter two allowed multiple users.
If there's just a "subscription" and it is bought by a business, I would guess the waters are muddy unless the terms of the subscription actually stated "single user only".
How does a library get on with their "subscription"? That's going to be thousands of different users per year.