Nine years ago this month, on March 28, 2011, The New York Times instituted a paywall on its website, nytimes.com. Starting that day, for the first time since the paper went online 15 years earlier, and in defiance of the conventional Internet wisdom that "information wants to be free," news consumers who wanted to read New York Times news online would have to pay to do so — just as they'd long done if they wanted to read the newspaper in print.
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