Such is the impression given by Salon columnist Farhad Manjoo, who obligingly tells how to do referer spoofing, among other things. He maintains his strategies are legal, and I suspect he’s right. We’re not talking about DRM bypasses, just a little ingenuity.
The really fascinating angle here is that the Salon site itself still has a premium plan. Not sure how it would affect Farhad. I myself am a paid subscriber of both Salon and the WSJ.
Also from Farhad: His intriguingly titled new book, True Enough: How to Live in a Post-Fact Society. Could vivid images from an event such as 9/11 actually be at odds with the truth, by encouraging conspiracy theorists ? That’s among the issue Farhad raises. I haven’t read the book, but some years ago Farhad did a good job of interviewing me for an excellent Wired writeup he was doing on NPR’s linking policies of the time.