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Published on Jul 24, 2015
Daily Paywall. Presentation about DailyPaywall.com with reactions by the audience, media and Pearson PLC. Stealing over 60000 pay-per-view articles from major financial newspapers and redistributing them for free with a paid-to-read schema.
Video from FutureEverything 2015 in Manchester UK.
Tens of thousands of articles were appropriated from the websites of Street Journal, Financial Times, and The Economist through hacking their paywall systems. The artist redistributed the pay-per-view articles for free and offered to pay readers and writers of the news articles. Readers could earn one dollar for responding correctly to quizzes about featured articles, and journalists were invited to claim compensation for their writing. Donors could offer any amount to crowdfund the system. This circular economic model aims to monetize pirated content for informing the public about socio-economic issues. The artist sifted through thousands of news articles, editing fifteen issues, each featuring eight articles. DailyPaywall.com has over 60,000 articles and 1000 print copies were distributed as a free paper available in custom newsracks and bookshops throughout New York City. Ultimately, the site was shut down when the largest education and publishing company in the world made claims on its copyrighted material, while the artwork was discussed and reviewed by international media outlets. The performance was pre-scripted and staged for engaging participants in a critical exploration of modern economic models and the distribution of information as material to make works of art.