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    Huff Post Sued For $105 Million

    Is this guy nuts? Wouldn't this be along the same lines of a member here trying to get money out of the old WHT owner before selling to iNet?

    A former Huffington Post blogger has filed a $105-million class-action lawsuit against AOL and the Huffington Post media Web site on behalf of fellow unpaid bloggers whom he characterized as "modern-day slaves on Arianna Huffington's plantation."

    Jonathon Tasini filed the suit Tuesday on behalf of more than 9,000 bloggers in a New York federal court. Tasini blogged for the Huffington Post from late 2005 to Feb. 10 of this year, just a few days after AOL announced it was acquiring the Web site for $315 million.
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    Video: http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/bes...uit.cnn?hpt=T2

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    Hmm.. thats weird

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    Only if members were getting paid by WHT, then iNet banned them all out of the idiotic belief that forum members all have to be in the same room in order to communicate effectively?

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    That's their own stupid fault for writing for free.
    Those are the morons that killed the pay scales in the journalism field.
    The free writers and the $2 writers.

    On the other hand, I hope they win. Maybe that would restore some order to the field?
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    @kpmedia: Oops, I thought it was the for-pay bloggers who were suing. Thanks.

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    It kind of makes sense for them to sue in a way, but I am sure they had some kind of clause in the signup, or agreement that any content they write is property of huffington... Shouldn't write for others unless you keep ownership of the content/writing.

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    9,000 only for $105 million. Yeah, uh right!

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    Too funny !

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    They volunteer to write for free.

    Hey WHT. Please pay me for this post.
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    That (re-linking) was funny, especially this part:

    Except, it's not absurd. As far as I can tell, his argument is that the Huffington Post is different because it's "successful," whereas his blog is a failure, so it's okay. Interesting legal theory, though I can't see how it holds up in court.

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    They blog for free because HuffPost gives them a platform to express their viewpoint and spread their influence, or try to. They've already been paid with their article being published on their platform.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aussie Bob View Post
    They blog for free because HuffPost gives them a platform to express their viewpoint and spread their influence, or try to. They've already been paid with their article being published on their platform.
    Yet without those bloggers, HP wouldn't have been sold to AOL for the high price it was. It really is a toss up, honestly. I can see their point, and I can see HP's point. Really, they should have been given something as a "thank you" for the work they did, other than having their blog posted (which benefits both parties).
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    Quote Originally Posted by linux-tech View Post
    Yet without those bloggers, HP wouldn't have been sold to AOL for the high price it was. It really is a toss up, honestly. I can see their point, and I can see HP's point. Really, they should have been given something as a "thank you" for the work they did, other than having their blog posted (which benefits both parties).
    I'm pretty sure this forum is worthless if no one post here.

    But it doesn't mean WHT has to pay me for my awesome posts when it is sold.
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    Quote Originally Posted by linux-tech View Post
    Yet without those bloggers, HP wouldn't have been sold to AOL for the high price it was. It really is a toss up, honestly. I can see their point, and I can see HP's point. Really, they should have been given something as a "thank you" for the work they did, other than having their blog posted (which benefits both parties).
    Yeah, I see both sides to this, and get what you're saying, but to me the bloggers submitted articles to get published mainly so as to increase their sphere of influence, and not to make money. The intent here was not to make money from their articles submitted for HuffPost to publish.

    HuffPost gave the bloggers a huge platform to get their opinions about various issues out there, into the public realm, and in return the bloggers gave HuffPost the content.

    Mind you, not all HuffPost content comes from bloggers, as they do have a huge staff that creates content too, but a fair chunk of the content did come from the bloggers.
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