Arianna Huffington's Opening Argument: Shut Up, Unpaid Bloggers

The case of Unpaid Bloggers vs. The Huffington Post is lawsuit for the ages.

It will be taught in law schools across the country for decades to come on the first day of Contract Law under the rubric "The Public Humiliation Consequences of Failing to Understand Contract Law."

The plaintiffs, who are suing for lack of pay after writing for free, have compared their free labor to modern slavery, which is an insult to the history of slavery and logic.

Arianna Huffington replies thus:

The lawsuit filed Tuesday by Jonathan Tasini is so utterly without merit, and has been so thoroughly eviscerated in the media -- including being ridiculed as the "dumbest lawsuit ever" -- I am hesitant to take any time away from aggregating adorable kitten videos to respond.

But the suit touches on so many important issues about the current state of the media, the kittens will have to wait.

First, let's look at the merits of the case:

There are none.

Read the whole letter at the Huffington Post. It's fantastic.

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Derek Thompson is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where he writes about economics, labor markets, and the entertainment business.

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