Arthur Sulzberger, chairman of the New York Times, has recently claimed that social sharing will be permitted despite the forthcoming paywall meter on the New York Times website, according to Paid Content. The NYT's paywall, set to be inaugurated next January, has been the cause of widespread concerns for the future of the news giant. Yet, Sulzberger hoped to put some of those concerns to rest as he claimed that article sharing on facebook and other social networking sites would probably remain free.
Sulzberger also commented on the degree of the paywall's impermeability. John Battelle of Federated Media suggested that consumers could simply clear the cookies from their Internet browser once they have used up their number of clicks and start all over, thus avoiding the paywall restrictions. Sulzberger responded by saying "There has always been and be always be ways to get around not paying for a newspaper. You could steal a newspaper from the stand today, if you really wanted to."