I actually agree with both sides of the argument in this thread.
In the West, people who have the time ( students, retired people on fixed incomes, the unemployed, etc ) to take advantage of Buddhist literature and retreats often don't have the financial means to do so. The Free(dom) Open Source Software (FOSS) movement in the IT sector and S.N. Goenka's Meditation Retreat network have found ways to make their things available and pay their bills without price being an issue. Hopefully recurring debates like this one will be a call to find alternative models of paying for things that will reward people who put in the work and invest in producing good things while keeping those things accessible to people with a compromised ability to pay.
In reading the scriptures, there are two kinds of mistakes:
One mistake is to cling to the literal text and miss the inner principles.
The second mistake is to recognize the principles but not apply them to your own mind, so that you waste time and just make them into causes of entanglement.