And now, they're coming for your Social Security money - they want your fucking retirement money - they want it back - so they can give it to their criminal friends on Wall Street. And you know something? They'll get it. They'll get it all from you sooner or later. Because they own this fucking place. It's a Big Club: and you're not in it.
"We are the AP, we are a for-reals, big-timey news agency. Without us you wouldn’t even know what was happening two towns over. Thus, re-using our content costs money, because our content is valuable. You, you are just some guy who runs a multi-million dollar company or some a-hole with a blog. Your content is meaningless pablum slathered on the walls of the digital romper room that is “the internet”. It is valueless and thus we are able to reproduce it in any way we choose."
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 AP story on Woot’s acquisition], 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.
Dare I say hoisted on their own petard? I feel a sudden and strong urge to buy some random bag of crap. Or, perhaps, a bandoleer of carrots.