Well this happened several years ago, but I am only just now seeing this hilarious song based on the Cooks Source copyright violation debacle I blogged about here.
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. (EDIT: “in toto” and “word for word” is hilariously redundant, which I am going to pretend was intentional.)
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.
I’m not sure I’ve ever heard a song about copyright infringement before.
Cracked Magazine, my favorite destination on the web, lists the Cooks Source copyright debacle among their 6 Most Disastrous Attempts at Internet Damage Control.