, it's happened again. http://illadore.livejournal.com/30674.
An SCA author, who had her work on her website, WITH a copyright notice, discovered a small, ad supported free to comers cooking magazine, Cooks Source
. (Which Begs an Apastrophe, Doesn't it? ).
She contacted the editor, asked for an apology for the unauthorized reprint of the material, and a goodwill donation to Columbia University's School of Journalism. This is what she got back:
"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!"
Ha. Ha Ha. HAHAHAHA.
In response, so far, the magazine, which web-publishes from their Facebook page (Classy!) has been hit by a Facebook bomb of angry IP loving folk, who have also uncovered articles taken whole cloth, with or without author attribution, from Paula Deen, Food Network, NPR, and Web MD. Paula Deen already has her lawyers ready to butter them up with some tender loving tort action.
Please feel free to play along by searching them on Facebook. Do hold down contacting their advertisers, though. Many have already posted announcing plans to yank advertising, but the feed is eating them down.
Gotta love Internet Justice.