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November 04, 2010

Cooks Source Steals from Web Writer: Internet Screams

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Bigstockphoto_stop_sign_smell_stupiHave y'all heard that anything written by anybody on the internet is "public domain" and can be stolen by any two bit magazine for their own gain? 

And then when you complain about said theft, their editor can say you should be grateful they published it and cleaned it up a bit before they did?

Well that's what happened to Monica Gaudio, a woman who posted an article online only to discover that the magazine Cooks Source had lifted it.  When she contacted the editor Judith Griggs to complain, this is part of the response she got:


"Yes Monica, I have been doing this for 3 decades, having been an editor at The Voice, Housitonic Home and Connecticut Woman Magazine. I do know about copyright laws. It was "my bad" indeed, and, as the magazine is put together in long sessions, tired eyes and minds somethings forget to do these things.

And here's the best part:

But honestly Monica, the web is considered "public domain" and you should be happy we just didn't "lift" your whole article and put someone else's name on it! It happens a lot, clearly more than you are aware of, especially on college campuses, and the workplace. If you took offence and are unhappy, I am sorry, but you as a professional should know that the article we used written by you was in very bad need of editing, and is much better now than was originally.

Twitter and Facebook blew up into a frenzy of internet fury. 

The hashtags, "buthonestlymonica" and "cookssource" have been the hit of Twitter-ville today and Judith Griggs has been skewered six ways from Sunday over her response.

Here's a sampling:

For an even more details on the brouhaha, check out Edward Champion's very thourough post on what happened, Jenna Hatfield's excellent post on BlogHer, and all the comments on the Cook Source Facebook page.

Turns out Monica wasn't the only one Cooks Source lifted material from.  Names being bandied about as other theft victims are Martha Stewart and the Food Network.

Um, Ms. Griggs?  You don't want to play with Martha.




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