Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Woot bites back at AP: You owe us $17.50 for copying our content

When Woot!, an internet company that sells just one item a day, found out that the Associated Press had quoted a portion of its announcement on the company's sale to in a news article, it sent the AP a letter, detailing how the newswire owed the company $17.50 for the use of their content.

Associated Press, which has long asked for a licencing fee when quoting portions of articles or an article in its entirety, wasn't very amused by the newly acquired e-commerce company's satirical stab at them. 

According to the letter sent to the Associated Press:
The AP, we can’t thank you enough for looking our way. You see, when we showed off our good news on Wednesday afternoon, we expected we’d get a little bit of attention. But when we found your little newsy thing you do, we couldn’t help but notice something important. And that something is this: you printed our web content in your article! The web content that came from our blog! Why, isn’t that the very thing you’ve previously told nu-media bloggers they’re not supposed to do?
So, The AP, here we are. Just to be fair about this, we’ve used your very own pricing scheme to calculate how much you owe us. By looking through the link above, and comparing your post with our original letter, we’ve figured you owe us roughly $17.50 for the content you borrowed from our blog post, which, by the way, we worked very very hard to create. But, hey. We’re all friends here. And invoicing is such a hassle in today’s paperless society, are we right? How about this: instead of cutting us a check for the web content you liberated from our site, all you’ll need to do is show us your email receipt from today’s two pack of Sennheiser MX400 In-Ear Headphones, and we’ll call it even. 
[Story via the Consumerist] 
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