Cooks Source magazine vs. the Web
Cooks Source magazine in western New England has sparked the ire of a million bloggers with an e-mail purportedly sent by managing editor Judith Griggs claiming that everything on the Internet is in the public domain, and therefore is not copyright protected. Translation: The magazine believes it can copy and paste anything it find there -- your recipes, Los Angeles Times recipes -- into the pages of its own magazine and you can't do anything about it.
A phone call and e-mail to Cooks Source were not immediately returned. So for right now, we just have this retelling of the story:
It gets worse. The e-mail continues that not only would Gaudio not be getting paid, but that Gaudio should have paid her for the editing work she had to put into the piece.
If this all turns out to be as it appears -- remember, we're still waiting to hear to hear from Cooks Source -- then Griggs really picked the wrong person to mess with. Check out the comments pouring onto the Cooks Source magazine Facebook page (But do not click if offended by the occasional four-letter word).
Here's my question: Assuming Griggs actually believes what she wrote ... why would she actually put that in print?
Here are some threads to help you follow the unfolding controversy: Gaudio's retelling: Copyright infringement and me; from How Publishing Really Works: Copyright Infringement And A Medieval Apple Pie; Nick Mamatas' pithy putting-it-all-together; Poynter Online's take and Boing Boing's Today's web justice driveby: Cooks Source Magazine.
-- Rene Lynch
Twitter / renelynch
File photo -- apple pie -- by Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times