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Cooks Sources magazine lifted an article from iladore and published it in their magazine and on their website.
-- I responded that I wanted an apology on Facebook, a printed apology in the magazine and $130 donation (which turns out to be about $0.10 per word of the original article) to be given to the Columbia School of Journalism.

What I got instead was this (I am just quoting a piece of it here:)

"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!"

Basically the whole thing has exploded into an internet bomb. Cooks Source Facebook page is being blown up. At least one advertiser has pulled their advertising (and rightfully so). Several authors-including matociquala (Elizabeth Bear) and Neil Gaiman have tweeted about it. She has gotten an offer from a copywright lawyer in LA for a free consultation.

They apparently have also stolen articles from the following sources: The Food Network, NPR, Sunset Magazine, Paula Deen, Iladore and WebMD. They've also stolen a couple of photos from the internet. Check out page 2 of the comments for those sources. And if you check page 3 apparently they have stolen from Martha Stewart.

And picked up by the mainstream news media. Edited to add It's gone international.

Man-24 hours to a major internet media storm. This is not my father's news media, that is for sure.

Oh Cooks Source-I bet that apology and $130 donation is looking Really Really good right about now.

Edited again to add-They stole an article from Disney?? Holy Hannah...

Son of edit-the sf_drama post has more links to mainstream press articles, including the NY Times.

Also, Smart Bitches which is a totally cool blog, has asked it's readers to help Google Bomb Ms Griggs name.

As requested:

Judith Griggs

Why yes, I am evil. Deal with it


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Nov. 4th, 2010 07:47 pm (UTC)
Wait...they stole an article for DISNEY?

Oh ahahahahahahahahaahahahaahah.



Good for Monica for standing up for herself. And Dear The Internet, this is one of the times when I love you very much.

...Disney. Haha.
Nov. 4th, 2010 08:25 pm (UTC)
Seriously. You do not want ten tons of Mouse Hammer coming down on your head.

And Paule Deen has laywered up aleady. I wonder how a butter enema is going to feel? yes, I went there....
Nov. 4th, 2010 09:40 pm (UTC)
I don't know if I hate you or love you for that mental image but I can't unsee it in either case.
Nov. 4th, 2010 10:14 pm (UTC)
When someone mentioned Paula Deen, my mind immediately went there so I had to spread the painlove.


I don't know if I ever mentioned this but I love your icon.

and *face palm*

That should be lawyered up. Posting from work means major typos...
Nov. 5th, 2010 12:20 am (UTC)

And, thanks, I love my icon, too :) His name is Junior and he lives at the Woodland Park Zoo here in Seattle and you can read a nice little story (complete with video) about he and Nayla, the female jaguar who lives there, too, being let loose in their enclosure together for the first time earlier this year here: http://www.examiner.com/zoo-in-seattle/love-at-first-bite-woodland-park-zoo-jaguars-initial-meet-up-hits-the-spot

I loooooooooove jaguars.

ETA: Also, I chose this particular photo of the ten zillion photos I've taken of Junior because the look on his face encompasses so many different possible expressions.

Edited at 2010-11-05 12:22 am (UTC)
Nov. 4th, 2010 07:50 pm (UTC)
I go to school and the internet blows up...
Nov. 4th, 2010 08:29 pm (UTC)
I am at work-not working-and being totally entertained by this.

Honestly, this is the kind of stupid I love to see featured at sf_drama. No -isms or wank, other than rampant stupidity that could have been prevented if only the featuree had just used the brain that they were born with. Information-it's not hard to learn and absorb.
Nov. 4th, 2010 09:40 pm (UTC)
I learned way back in English Comp 1, thou shalt not plagarize. ALWAY source your work. I mean this is dummies 101 and this woman is an Editor? Also, as an editor, is it not their job to proofread/correct? I certainly didn't think it was copy and paste articles from websites without asking the original author.

This is one of the most entertaining posts I've read in days. I'm really enjoying this, and hoping to catch it on the news.
Nov. 4th, 2010 10:19 pm (UTC)
If you are just copying a recipe-not really an actionable cause but the articles and pictures? Definitely copyright infringement.

And to do it to Disney of all places? Wow, this woman must have been living in a cave in outer Mongolia to not have heard what Disney does to people that steal from them. I almost (but not quite) feel sorry for her. I mean it isn't like she is some teeny bopper newbie to the Internet for feck's sake.

And yes, this is so very entertaining. Stupid that is not filled with -isms and slurs. Just lots of good clean stupid.
Nov. 4th, 2010 07:58 pm (UTC)
To be pedantic, it's not plagiarism so much as copyright infringement. Which is actually even worse because the mistake that the editor is making regarding copyright is so basic that it's something that anyone would learn within approximately one week to one month of being in publishing. I can't decide whether she's really that stupid or whether she thought she could bluff her way through on something that stupid. Given the number of articles stolen, one begins to tilt toward stupid.

It is a head scratcher no matter how you look at it.
Nov. 4th, 2010 08:23 pm (UTC)
Very true.

Although in looking at some of the links posted on the facebook page discussion board, it does look like she is taking articles from other sources and reworking them-which I think fits plagiarism better than copyright infringement. I am not a lawyer (nor do I play one on TV or the Internet) so I may be wrong. But either way? 30 years in the business and she fails this hard? Yikes.

But the photos? Definitely copyright infringement all the way.
Nov. 4th, 2010 08:05 pm (UTC)
Hmm, a particularly interesting example of the breed specialus snowflakeus entitlementus. Notice how the predator attempts to intimidate its prey into submission, completely unprepared for the herd to come together and protect its own.

/NatGeo Mode

Nov. 4th, 2010 08:27 pm (UTC)
I don't get it. Really? I guess she figured she had already stolen from the big ones like Martha Stewart and Disney so some small Internet Blogger was no big deal.

Never underestimate the power of a blogger. We will smite you with our keystrokes and make you wish you were back in the dark ages. Before Dan Quayle invented the Internet.
Nov. 4th, 2010 08:34 pm (UTC)
I "liked" them on FB long enough to post a comment. Bunch of thieving jerks.
Nov. 4th, 2010 09:45 pm (UTC)
Now somebody hacked their facebook account. I am amused.
Nov. 5th, 2010 12:55 am (UTC)
Omg I can't wait till they get sued. Did you read their latest fb status? Sooooo damn smarmy about it!
Nov. 5th, 2010 12:59 am (UTC)
Not yet-runs off to check it out.

I had to update the sf_d post since there have been numerous mainstream media posts about it. Dude, it has hit the NY Times. El oh el.
Nov. 5th, 2010 01:02 am (UTC)
They are honestly trying to act like they love this because it's publicity. It's HORRIBLE publicity though!
Nov. 5th, 2010 01:14 am (UTC)
I think the Judith Griggs account is a fake. In fact I am pretty sure because when you look at their page it says "used to work for Cooks Source Magazine"

Nov. 5th, 2010 01:18 am (UTC)
Yeah, if the account were hacked that would def make sense. I can't help but be all lawl about it. And wonder a bit if some Anons are behind it XD
Nov. 5th, 2010 05:20 am (UTC)
This has been hilariously wonderful to watch blowing up. That woman's attitude... WOW.

I've been happily reading this storm for hours.
Nov. 5th, 2010 05:31 am (UTC)
Hee hee. On their FB page, people are leaving comments on their older wall entries...

Under a video of cows: "Them cows on the web, they public property!"

"What's your favorite omelet?" : "Unplagiarized!"

Under "What's your favorite fall drive?" : "Chris Klein My favorite drive is taking a long trip up flamewar lane... With all of my favorite buddies I dont even really know..."

Chris Klein's icon? Cook source magazine's!

LMAO I am dying laughing over here
Nov. 5th, 2010 05:36 am (UTC)
I hope to NEVAR EVAR piss off the internet
I could do this all day long...

Merricka Breuer this makes me excited for farmer's markets!!
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Daniel Mack it makes me excited to see if any of those people were properly credited for their appearance here
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Nov. 11th, 2012 04:25 am (UTC)
Yeah how about no.

Do you really think I am dumb?

You've been reported. And banned.

Edited to add-you've been reported to your service provider. In the Ukraine.

Edited at 2012-11-11 04:31 am (UTC)
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