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Internet Dramz! Bloggers Sue AOL And Huffington Post

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bloggers file lawsuit against aol and huffington post

Bloggers are NOT happy with Arianna Huffington!

Today, Freelance journalist Jonathan Tasini filed a class action lawsuit against AOL & Huffington Post, on behalf of a group of bloggers who claim that HuffPost "mistreats those who enrich it with content."

After AOL acquired Huffington Post for $315 million last month, contributing writers feel that they should receive fair compensation for their content, and they're claiming "mistreatment" by Arianna Huffington.

Here's what the complaint against Huffington says:

"If it were not for the labor of Plaintiff and the thousands of unpaid Class members on and for TheHuffingtonPost.com…[the site] would not have been an attractive merger target and would have sold for at least $105 million less than the merger price of $315 million."

HuffPost is referring to the class action lawsuit as "completely baseless."

Who do U side with? Team Bloggers or Team HuffPost?

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12 comments to “Internet Dramz! Bloggers Sue AOL And Huffington Post”

  1. 1

    if they wanted to be paid, they should've contracted for it in the first place. past consideration is no consideration.

  2. @v@ says – reply to this


    Team bloggers, due to how the site was initially represented and set up.

  3. 3

    Should I get $$ for blogging on Perez?

  4. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: stickk – You're a commenter on Perez, not a blogger. People, some who were professional writers, wrote and contributed amazing articles for free towards an idea of truth in media and community enlightenment NOT controlled by large corporations. Until she sold it for big bucks.
    I may not have complete info on the whole thing, but that's the impression I had having commented on Huffpo for several years.

  5. 5

    She be came irrelevant went she made a complete ass out of herself during the California gubernatorial debates

  6. 6

    Fucking liberal twat. She claims to be for the poor and unions meanwhile she doesn't pay her writers slave labor wages and make 1/3 of a billion dollars off of their hard work. Fucking liberal snatch!

  7. 7

    If they were unpaid in the first place, I don't see why they should be paid now…..

  8. Laura says – reply to this


    the bloggers should start the own new site - why read huff post anyways now? Just another media machine bitch. the site was way crowed anyhow

  9. 9

    Mildly entertaining that her flock is finally realizing it was about the $. Useful tools. LOL! AOL! Huffpo is donezo.

  10. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: WatcherOne – I'm all for due compensation for labor. I also see no problem with her getting her nest egg, because she earned it. I don't agree with doing it in a way that appears like a dodgy bait and switch ripoff; but it will be interesting to see what a court makes of it, anyway.

  11. 11

    Re: misterfister

    "meanwhile she doesn't pay her writers slave labor wages"

    So that makes her a goodperson, thanks for confirming that she pays her workers good wages.

    "and make 1/3 of a billion dollars off of their hard work"
    easier use of English would be to use "for" instead of "off of"

  12. 12

    They are writers per se - they're bloggers. There are some people that work for HuffPo that are paid, but when you contribute voluntarily as a blogger, you dont' get paid. That IS how HuffPo run - it's actually a very smart way to run an online website because then you don't have to charge for use and you can keep your costs down while getting a lot of people to contribute. This ASS knew about that when he contributed and got pissed when she made a ton of money out of her idea - not his work. If I gave my art to a museum and they charged entry, I'd have no entitlement to the money they make because I volunteered my talent. If they sold my art - I'd have entitlement. However, in this case, they sold the museum - no entitlement. Case solved, get over it - you got a TON of exposure blogging on the site - that was your entitlement to begin with.