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AP gets scolded by Woot

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by slappy4428, Jul 6, 2010.

  1. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Woot takes a swing at AP for stealing its blog copy for a story on getting sold to Amazon after AP announces it wants to charge bloggers for using its copy.


    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?

    Oh, and woot bosses? If you read this? I'm, not paying. I still have two sets of Woot-off lights that suck.
  2. Smasher_Sloan

    Smasher_Sloan Active Member

    Fuck Woot.
  3. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member

    Why? They certainly have a valid point
  4. jlee

    jlee Well-Known Member

    A valid point, but one that others have already made and on which AP retracted its position three days before the Woot post.

    [quote author=Saul Hansell, The New York Times]On Saturday, The A.P. retreated. Jim Kennedy, vice president and strategy director of The A.P., said in an interview that the news organization had decided that its letter to the Drudge Retort was “heavy-handed” and that The A.P. was going to rethink its policies toward bloggers.

    The quick about-face came, he said, because a number of well-known bloggers started criticizing its policy, claiming it would undercut the active discussion of the news that rages on sites, big and small, across the Internet.[/quote]
  5. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member


    Being a sales site and not a media outlet of any kind, am sure it was written in advance of a holiday weekend.
  6. jlee

    jlee Well-Known Member

    That's probably so, and the AP policy was silly and short-sighted. Still, it was kinda late to the punch.
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