This is all over the internet, which, according to the editor who pinched the piece, is all PUBLIC DOMAIN! HAHA! And editor Judith Griggs ought to know because she has 30 year’s experience in publishing, so she knows everything!
Author Monica Gaudio posted this charming article about the origin of the apple pie. Me like pie!
Cooks Source magazine likes pie, too. They like pie so much, they pinched Ms Guado’s piece in toto and printed it in their magazine! Word for word, which you can see here, because Ms Guado’s site is overwhelmed with traffic, and this Facebook scan of Cook Source isn’t.
Ms Gaudo politely requested compensation for her article, an apology, and payment of $130 to the Columbia School of Journalism. Which I think is an awfully mild response to copyright infringement. But then, I’m a barracuda.
Judith Griggs, editor for Cooks Source responded with this email of awesome awful.
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.
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. Now it will work well for your portfolio. For that reason, I have a bit of a difficult time with your requests for monetary gain, albeit for such a fine (and very wealthy!) institution. We put some time into rewrites, you should compensate me! I never charge young writers for advice or rewriting poorly written pieces, and have many who write for me… ALWAYS for free!
Oh, who am I kidding, you know I’m not.
Whatever the hell they taught this goober at Housitonic Home (whatever the hell that is) had nothing to do with copyright, because the internet is not public domain, and anything posted on the internet does not constitute an abandonment of rights.
I’m only writing this for the 13 people who read this blog who do not know that already.
What is it about people who pinch your stuff, and then declare to your face you ought to be grateful that other people even want your stuff? Is that like the creepy guy who pinches your butt and then goes on to tell you he only did it because he was trying to make you feel better about yourself?
UPDATE: Edward Champion did some detective work, and it looks like an awful lot of Cooks Source material is poached.
For every reproduction that I found, I made efforts to contact the original copyright holder. And the above examples demonstrate unequivocally that nearly the entirety of Cooks Source‘s material has been taken from other sources and that, in at least four instances, Cooks Source did not obtain the necessary permission to reproduce the material. The onus is now on Cooks Source to produce the appropriate paperwork to demonstrate that it secured the release. But since Judith Griggs is uninterested in returning telephone calls, since she has demonstrated a lack of concern for copyright, and not a single writer, publisher, or organization has come forward with proof positive that Griggs has played by the rules, one can conclude from the presented evidence that Cooks Source is a magazine that profits on theft.
In the meantime, you can trot over to the Cooks Source Facebook page and amuse yourself with some epic mockity mock. (UPDATE: I know this isn’t a problem with my noble readers, but for goodness’s sake, the threat level there is off the scale. The woman doesn’t have to die to satisfy internet ire, and I wonder where the righteousness is when it comes to, say, defending creators against online comic book pirates. Like when this unrighteous dude threatened to come get my money for his taking of my entire catalogue of work. Just sayin’.)
Congratulations, Cooks Source. You made my list of Very Bad Publishers!
Now, fire the editor, for crying out loud.
And by the way, Judith Griggs now owes everyone who handed her her ass in a hat for teaching her valuable lessons about copyright, and professionalism. My services cost $130, which you can make payable to The Hero Initiative. Thanks.
I got seven emails about this already, and thanks to Arlene, Sarah Beach, Emma, and more.
Screen shot from Ms Grigg’s FB page:
The things you do for your job, indeed!
Weebl and Bob cartoons. Go see them HERE. ME LIKE PIE!