Woot.com Tweaks AP, Wants $17.50 for Quotes

Internet auction site says wire service pilfered its blog post

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 6, 2010 5:24 PM CDT

(Newser) – "Deal-a-day" auction site Woot.com is razzing the Associated Press for its coverage of Amazon's recent purchase of the site. In its story, the AP quoted from a Woot blog post. "Why, isn’t that the very thing you've previously told nu-media bloggers they're not supposed to do?" asks Woot in a new posting. It uses the AP's own pricing system for such things and concludes, "We’ve figured you owe us roughly $17.50."

"How about this," the site suggests. "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." Tech bloggers are piling on AP, including MG Siegler at TechCrunch and Mike Masnick at Techdirt.

A screen shot of the Woot blog.
A screen shot of the Woot blog.   (Woot.com)
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