BitTorrent is rolling out a pay-wall system with help from Radiohead's Thom Yorke, who is distributing his album "Tomorrow's Modern Boxes" using features built into a BitTorrent Bundle. Fans will be able to download one song and one video from the album for free; access to the entire album costs $6.
Eugene Volokh, creator of the blog Volokh Conspiracy, writes that readers will eventually need a subscription to read content, but that the metered pay-wall model includes ways to avoid the fee. Volokh writes that The Washington Post has delayed rollout of the pay wall until the end of the year; after that, readers can get 10 free stories a month, plus access via the blog's Facebook and Twitter profiles.
Microsoft says it will offer refunds to subscribers who already paid for a year subscription to its Xbox Live Gold premium service. The move comes after Microsoft decided to stop requiring the subscription for users who rely on the Xbox more for entertainment -- such as access to third-party applications like Hulu and Netflix -- than as a gaming device.
Rupert Murdoch's News International announced that it will construct a pay wall around digital content at its U.K. tabloid publication The Sun and will begin charging for access beginning in the second half of this year. The news came shortly after another U.K.-based paper, The Telegraph, announced that it will require domestic readers to have a paid subscription to access online content. The paper had been charging only international readers for access.
Visitors to the website of Canadian newspaper The Globe & Mail will no longer have unlimited free access to the stories there beginning next week. The paper will charge $20 a month for full access to the website for anyone who already is not a print subscriber. The paper said the decision was based on a determination that the rise in mobile readership had created a sustainable market for content.