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From pay +‎ wall, by analogy with firewall.



paywall (plural paywalls)

  1. (informal, computing) A feature of a website, application or service that only allows access to certain pages, data or features to paid subscribers.
    • 2009 May 29, ScuttleMonkey, “Newspaper Execs Hold Secret Meeting To Discuss Paywalls”, in Slashdot[1]:
      Techdirt got wind of a secret meeting by newspaper execs, complete with antitrust lawyers, to discuss how to proceed on the issue of implementing paywalls going forward.
    • 2012, Dennis F. Herrick, Media Management in the Age of Giants: Business Dynamics of Journalism. Second Edition., UNM Press (→ISBN), page 332
      Scores of other newspapers started selling digital subscriptions in 2011, either with a paywall on their sites or by charging for mobile access with an e-reader app. The Audit Bureau's September 2011 list of just the top twenty-five newspapers with paid digital subscriptions ranged from the Wall Street Journal's 537,469 to the Seattle Times with 25,874.59 Time magazine also set up a paywall in 2011, its second attempt in two years, as well as initiating a print-digital subscription setup for []
    • 2015, Brian Gorman, Crash to Paywall: Canadian Newspapers and the Great Disruption, McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP (→ISBN), page 140
      As for the larger general-interest dailies, Long Island's Newsday was the first to erect its paywall, in October 2009. It allowed full access for subscribers to the print edition of the paper or the parent company Cablevision, or for people willing to pay $5 per week. For everyone else, all that was available were headlines and summaries of selected stories; classifieds, listings, weather reports, and obituaries remained free. By 2010, Newsday had reportedly signed up only thirty-five online []

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paywall (third-person singular simple present paywalls, present participle paywalling, simple past and past participle paywalled)

  1. (informal, computing, transitive) To restrict access to (a Web site or other resource) by means of a paywall.

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