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04 November 2010 @ 07:35 am
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Did you know that everything on the web is "public domain."


I didn't either, but apparently Cooks Source magazine thinks so--or at least their editor Judith Griggs said so in an email. (We aren't supposed to copy her email, according to the bottom of it, but since she has no respect for copyright why should we?)

I was flabbergasted to read today that Cooks Source just flat out stole content and when the author was alerted and, thinking perhaps someone had submitted it without informing them of its origin, wrote to them in good faith attempting to get some reasonable fee for her writing.

I first read the story about Cooks Source here.

The author's original account of this theft, along with quotes from Judith's email, is here.

Since it's just fine to lift things from web sites, here is the contact information for Cook's Source:

Call us at (413) 397-3338
Drop us a note at P.O. Box 273,
Sunderland, MA 01375
or email us at

Here is the original article that was stolen from, with the copyright notice clearly shown.


Pass this information along, by all means. Oh, and do enjoy the irate comments of fellow writers and editors, readers, and others who are outraged at this on the magazine's Facebook page. Someone should really be doing damage control there fast!


ETA: Apparently the stole from foodtv as well: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/breakfast-tart-with-pancetta-and-green-onions-recipe/index.html




She also stole from webmd



Too long to just post url to Cooks Source rip off page.

Someone else noticed that Sunset Magazine apparently contributed material for a canning article, but I didn't keep the urls after I looked at them. I mean, wow. Is ALL their content stolen? Or are they using syndicated content and just not crediting the source?
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Mari Adkinsmariadkins on November 4th, 2010 02:41 pm (UTC)
you know what. just because i can. along with the copyright statement on my blog i'm going to put a "nothing on this website is in the public domain" notice. :snort:

this is ridiculous.
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on November 4th, 2010 03:05 pm (UTC)
heh i did. in nice bold letters.
Tapatitapati on November 4th, 2010 03:53 pm (UTC)
they ripped off Sunset and Foodtv, the gall these people have!
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on November 4th, 2010 03:55 pm (UTC)

well it's all over twitter now and all over facebook -- and the magazine's facebook page has blown up ...

i liked the page long enough to post a quick note and to "report this page" under "theft".
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Tapatitapati on November 4th, 2010 03:51 pm (UTC)
That's not true. It provides an added layer of legal protection once you must go to court, but is not required.


But I think you are wise not to put photos you care about in an artistic sense online because it's difficult for individuals to enforce their rights unless they have money for an attorney, and it's also difficult to police. Though you can make them less attractive for theft by adding a watermark.
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on November 4th, 2010 06:18 pm (UTC)
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Tapatitapati on November 4th, 2010 03:52 pm (UTC)
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on November 4th, 2010 09:56 pm (UTC)
why the internet isn't public domain

http://www.umuc.edu/library/copy.shtml#elec (and other copyright information)
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on November 19th, 2010 04:51 pm (UTC)
another article on copyright