“..A United States judge on has refused to throw out a lawsuit by two Democratic political consultants who allege that The Huffington Post’s founders stole the idea for the online news website from them.
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Charles E Ramos denied a motion by lawyers for the media company to dismiss the lawsuit, meaning that the case will now likely move to the discovery phase of fact-finding by both sides.
Consultants Peter Daou and James Boyce sued in November 2010, alleging they had originally come up with the plan for the site’s blend of blogs by prominent contributors, news aggregation and original content.
Daou and Boyce said they discussed their plans with Huffington Post co-founders Arianna Huffington and Kenneth Lerer in 2004, and believed they were partners. The two consultants claimed they were cut out of the deal after the co-founders raised millions of dollars to launch and develop the site. They seek unspecified damages.
When the lawsuit was filed, Huffington and Lerer said in a statement that the claims were “pure fantasy.”
AOL Inc purchased The Huffington Post for US$315 million (NZ$394.6 million) in February…”
(ed:..good grief…!…i/whoar was the first…(feb. 05..so the archives say…)
..i started (conscious) news-aggregation before it was even named…
..and certainly before the huffington post…eh..?
i never really saw it as inventing a copyrightable-format..
..i just saw it as the next natural evolution in news/information-delivery…
..and still do…
why read the views of just one news-organ…in one country…when you can have a best-of from a raft of them…from all over the world..every day…?
…it’s a no-brainer…eh..?..)
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