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26 March 2017 03:20 (South Africa)

W00t! bills AP $17.50 for quoting from its blog

  • Andy Rice
    andy rice
    Andy Rice

    Andy Rice is a founding partner of Yellowwood Future Architects, a marketing strategy consultancy. In his other lives, he is the southern hemisphere's only supporter of Cambridge United Football Club, and was once upon a time the South African National Spoofing Champion. He has played football at Wembley and cricket at Lord's within the same weekend, but troubled the scorer on neither occasion. Things could only go up from here.

When Amazon bought W00t! in June, chief executive Matt Rutledge sent out a pretty funny email to staff explaining the acquisition. Associated Press then ran the text, which it picked up from the W00t! blog. Given AP's draconian policy regarding quotations (bloggers must cough up if they quote so much of a phrase from an AP story), W00t! thought it only fair to bill the news wire for its usage, and sent AP an invoice for $17.50. Read more: Boing Boing

  • Andy Rice
    andy rice
    Andy Rice

    Andy Rice is a founding partner of Yellowwood Future Architects, a marketing strategy consultancy. In his other lives, he is the southern hemisphere's only supporter of Cambridge United Football Club, and was once upon a time the South African National Spoofing Champion. He has played football at Wembley and cricket at Lord's within the same weekend, but troubled the scorer on neither occasion. Things could only go up from here.

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