Throughout the internet one finds free goods. There is a general expectation that one doesn't have to pay for films, music or any kind of text, and photographs. All of these transactions would have been illegal a few years back. Remember copyright infringement? Still today there are many cases, but as the technology of copying and access to copies are light years ahead of the producers' ability to prevent piracy or protect the rights of the artists, the F-word which the industry fears most, FREE, has almost won the day. Not quite. Because nearly every site which has a lot of traffic has sponsorship. Like the multimedia industry, the blogs and download sites have garnered lucrative deals to pay for the sites and the technology (hardware & software). The money generated through banners and click on this applications must run into billions of dollars. With this in mind, I think that all writers should be paid if they are writing for sites other than their own - and in the case of the latter, if they can reach a larger audience, then they can seek sponsorship or grants to pay themselves. Years back I followed a course called writing for profit. I have not made much money from my writing, but when I did, I felt blessed, because I was doing something enjoyable and getting paid for it. There are lots of people who work as copywriters or journalists who have been to college or university, and worked as professional writers. Now why should those people who have been taught and trained to write --- write for free? If it is because of the transition from hardcopy to online publication, then one has to realise that a lot of money is generated from e-commerce and it certainly can support those involved in publication throughout the chain. The move from the offline to online businesses did not mean that money disappeared. Not at all. Look at the companies which made it out of the dot.com Big-Bang - they are thriving because they have realised that the virtual world is run on the same lines as the real world. At the beginning they did not attend to the problems like the actual distribution of goods. Amazon and Ebay among many other businesses sorted that out. My point is that those who write can be paid for their work (and it is work!) and the readers can read it for free - there are numerous ways of achieving this. I cannot imagine what all those writers who starved to death, or led miserable lives for the sake of writing would say if they were alive to read that writers want to write for free. They fought for hundreds of years to establish writing as profession and one which should be remunerative. What would someone in an office say if you told them that they would from now on not be paid for writing in any form? They would be a tad upset, wouldn't they?