You may already be aware that The Associated Press (AP) has gone down a ludicrous path of insisting you owe them money, if you quote one of their stories.
Now it appears the news organization has been caught indulging in some double-standards, by quoting from Woot’s announcement that it had been acquired by Amazon.com. In light of this, the good-humored folks over at Woot have decided to point out the hypocrisy to AP.
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.
The post continues with an offer to waive the money owed, in exchange for the AP buying today’s Woot deal–a pair of Sennheiser in-ear headphones.
Anyway, The AP, please send that proof of receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org before the end of the day. We’re major digital players now. Don’t force us to pass this matter to a collection agency.
I don’t know about you, but coming back from a long weekend off is always hard. But boy, it’s so much easier when you get to enjoy someone sticking-it to the AP.