Over at LawSites, Robert Ambrogi discusses ALM’s newly announced free digital membership program. ALM’s original press release announcing the program is here.
The program being adopted seems similar to the porous paywall of the New York Times. Users get access to a small number of articles on ALM’s platforms per set period for free, before theoretically having to upgrade to access more. Workarounds, like free access to articles when their URLs are sent from colleagues or posted on Facebook/Twitter, seem to prevalent.
Of course, the ability to actually rely on the likelihood that a workaround will be available will depend on how frequently readers are sharing ALM articles.