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Old 11-04-10, 12:38 PM
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Free Magazine Plagiarizes Article; Asks Author for Compensation!

Oh, this is great...

Full story here...

Author wrote to the editor of the magazine, asking how they got the article, and suggesting they donate $130 to a specific charity as compensation.

Editor's response:
"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!"

edit: I should add that, although the magazine is free, it is funded by advertisements within the magazine itself.
Old 11-04-10, 12:58 PM
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and... they stole a Food Network article.

Food Network recipe also stolen:
Cook's Source Facebook Page

There's some more articles, recipes, images, etc. All stolen from various sources!

Reddit has picked up the story. @Neilhimself has retweeted it. Go internets!

edit:
Link to discussion about all the articles that Cook's Source has used. Note that that doesn't necessarily mean all of these were lifted without permission... but the benefit of the doubt is not on their side...

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Re: Free Magazine Plagiarizes Article; Asks Author for Compensation!

Apparently everything in it is stolen... and not just from a medieval blogger. The magazine also lifted from webMD, Martha Stewart and a ton of others. I wonder if they will pay for having their pieces edited as well
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Re: Free Magazine Plagiarizes Article; Asks Author for Compensation!

Thanks for posting this! Their facebook page is getting slammed. Assholes.
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Re: Free Magazine Plagiarizes Article; Asks Author for Compensation!

Someone made an offhand comment in the original blog post that this was turning into a
"Katamari of Outrage"


I love it.
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Re: Free Magazine Plagiarizes Article; Asks Author for Compensation!

How could anybody be that stupid? And then to basically admit rewriting and publishing it. I hope the author sues the site. It's open and shut.
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Re: Free Magazine Plagiarizes Article; Asks Author for Compensation!

Hm. They steal stock photos too.
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Re: Free Magazine Plagiarizes Article; Asks Author for Compensation!

now it's on consumerist: http://consumerist.com/2010/11/magaz...ishing-it.html
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The Facebook page is pretty funny.
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The Facebook wall is being updated faster than I can read it.
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What a lollercaust.
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Waiting for Disney, Martha Stewart or 4chan to wrap this up.
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continues to blow up

http://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/judithgriggs/
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Re: Free Magazine Plagiarizes Article; Asks Author for Compensation!

The scary thing is a lot of people seem to think everything on the internet is in the public domain.

It's one thing to link to something (and I know there are sites that hate that), but it is another to publish it or even copy and paste it on a Website without permission.
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NPR picked it up:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2...yright-and-pie
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Re: Free Magazine Plagiarizes Article; Asks Author for Compensation!

The Facebook Wall was funny yesterday. People were just posting "facts" about Cooks Source and/or Judith Griggs.

One of my favorites was "Judith Griggs drives a Pontiac Aztek."

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"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!"
Is this some sort of "Massachusetts" logic?
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Re: Free Magazine Plagiarizes Article; Asks Author for Compensation!

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Is this some sort of "Massachusetts" logic?
Glass houses, Mississippi.

And FL too for that matter...
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Originally Posted by Hokeyboy View Post
Glass houses, Mississippi.

And FL too for that matter...
But this moran is from the great educmacated Northeast!

We are supposed to be the dumb ones!

William Faulkner would have beat thus dumb bitch about the head!
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Re: Free Magazine Plagiarizes Article; Asks Author for Compensation!

You guys don't get it. Cook's Source is an aggregator, no different than Google or Yahoo!
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Re: Free Magazine Plagiarizes Article; Asks Author for Compensation!

Originally Posted by JasonF View Post
You guys don't get it. Cook's Source is an aggregator, no different than Google or Yahoo!
Where can I pick up the print edition of Google?
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Re: Free Magazine Plagiarizes Article; Asks Author for Compensation!

Why do people think that "the web" is public domain? Are they really that ignorant of reality?
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Yes.
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Re: Free Magazine Plagiarizes Article; Asks Author for Compensation!

Why do people think that "the web" is public domain? Are they really that ignorant of reality? It's one thing to link to something (and I know there are sites that hate that), but it is another to publish it or even copy and paste it on a Website without permission.
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Where can I pick up the print edition of Google?
Hope you have lots of toner ...

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