So did you hear about the evil online magazine that lifted some blogger’s article wholesale without compensating her? The fact that your head is not blown means you haven’t. I don’t know where Cooks Source Editor Judith Griggs went to school, but seriously, that’s some majorly effed up shit. Even more effed up is the response. Check it:
“…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!”
Wow. If the dear Ms. Griggs didn’t realize she was starting a shitstorm bigger than the Ally McBeal dancing baby, she clearly never spent time on the internet. But clearly she hasn’t because she thinks anything on the internet is fair game for her to poach.
What I find so atrocious, is that Ms. Gaudio WAS NEVER ASKED. Bloggers, for the most part, are a fairly amiable lot. We share things left and right. But when we do, it’s because someone actually asked and they properly attributed someone else’s ideas to said person and said website. HELLLOOOO that’s why you have a link. See here? I did not magically discover this issue myself, I read it on a blog. And I made sure IN THE FIRST SENTENCE OF THIS POST, you know where I found out about it.
THe powers of internet rage are mighty and Cooks Source is GOING DOWN. No really, there’s a whole facebook page on everything Cooks Source has stolen from other websites (and yes, they stole from Martha Stewart).