Should Weblogs Link to Paid Articles?

We bloggers regularly face a dilemma: Should we offer links to articles or content on the Web that requires a subscription or costs money? I’m not sure of the answer, but often in my E-Media Tidbits items I refer to and link to articles on — knowing that most of my readers don’t have a subscription to and won’t be able to read the story unless they agree to pony up some cash. My Tidbits colleagues often do the same, linking to stories from, say, the Chronicle of Higher Education website, which is paid access.

So, what do you think should be the proper etiquette for weblogs linking to paid content? Since the amount of “premium” news content on the Web is increasing, it becomes increasingly difficult for bloggers writing about an industry to stick to free-access articles. You can click on the discussion link below to voice your opinion.

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