Guy Who Sued Huffington Post For Not Paying Bloggers, Doesn't Pay Bloggers Who Contribute To His Site

from the not-getting-it dept

Incredible. Jonathan Tasini, the guy who filed that ridiculous lawsuit against the Huffington Post for not paying the bloggers who volunteered to write for free, apparently has a blog where he seeks out contributions from writers... and then, no, he doesn't pay them. John Cook at Gawker called him up to ask about this, leading to the following, absolutely hilarious, exchange:
"It hasn't had any ads in several years, but there were a couple unions that did buy some advertising," he said. "They wanted to support the work I was doing." So how much of that did he kick back to commenters and readers whose e-mails he ran? "There was never a thought that we would do that," he said. "Oh, I see what you're doing. Are you comparing my little blog to the Huffington Post? That's absurd."
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.

Filed Under: blogging, jonathan tasini, slavery, unjust enrichment
Companies: huffington post


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    Billybird, 17 Apr 2011 @ 2:32pm

    Tasini suit

    Maybe Mr. Tasini should sue the telephone companies too. The fact that people are paying to be able to receive his calls makes him an employee. How about medical and pension benefits? Count me in too.

    I say that there should be a fee and a tax charged for every blog posting. Let's say $10 + $10.

    A tax on stupidity would provide an endless an infinite source of revenue.

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