Plagiarizing print editor claims the entire Internet is public domain

first_imgIt seems hard to believe that anyone could be entirely ignorant of the nature and legal protections on the Internet at this point, but those people are still out there, as writer Monica Gaudio discovered when a print editor stole her content and then shined her on by saying “the Internet is public domain.”Here’s the story: way back in 2005, Monica Gaudio wrote an article about apple pie recipes for a blog devoted to — of all things — medieval, Chaucer-era cooking, complete with spellings of certain words appropriate to the era. Five years later, though, Gaudio was alerted to her post appearing in the non-profit Cooks Source magazine… a non-profit publication with a circulation of between 17,000 and 28,000 readers.Gaulio remained calm: mistakes happen. She emailed the managing editor, Judith Griggs, asking for clarification. When it turned out that Griggs had wilfully republished the piece, Gaudio asked for an apology and a donation to Columbia’s Journalism school.Instead, she got this almost unfathomably ignorant retort: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 [sic] 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. Needless to say, the internet is not “public domain.” How could anyone think otherwise? If the internet was public domain, we wouldn’t see music labels suing Bittorrent users for millions in damages.Laughably, Griggs got something else wrong too: the “need of editing” she’s complaining about is actually the correction of archaic spellings used in the apple pie recipes.What a dope. I’m guessing Griggs wishes she’d simply written the check and kept her mouth shut now: this story’s all over the place today.Read more at Live Journal (via Gizmodo)last_img

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