I have this short write-up of links that are all feel-good and awesome with coulis, but first, let’s have some hot smoking asshattery. From many people comes this amazing series of links wherein Monica Gaudio, a writer and something of an expert on historical cookery, was plagiarized by a magazine, Cook’s Source, whose editor, Judith Griggs, believes the internet is public domain. So you don’t have to pay people whose words you steal, and moreover (wait for it… wait for it…) Monica should be grateful that Cook’s Source reprinted her article without permission or payment.
No, really. Cook’s Source lifted Monica Gaudio’s article on apple tarts from Gode Cookery. They put her name on it (thanks for small favors and all) but since they get paid by advertisers and Monica’s site surely does not, they profited off her words without permission or compensation. Smells like asshattery!
Here’s the blood-pressure raising part: after contacting them about it, Monica was asked by the editor of Cook’s Source what she wanted, and Monica replied that she “wanted an apology on Facebook, a printed apology in the magazine and $130 donation (which turns out to be about $0.10 per word of the original article) to be given to the Columbia School of Journalism.”
The reply Monica received from Judith Griggs is reprinted in part on her LiveJournal:
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!”
Oh, the sound of jaws dropping all over the internet. So not only should Monica compensate Cook’s Source for doing edits on an article they stole, Monica should feel proud that the plagiarism will look good in her portfolio AND she should feel a little guilt for having asked for a donation for a wealthy institution of learning. It’s a good thing Monica has friends in Live-Journally places to spread the word.
According to the Cook’s Source website, their “mission is to educate our readers in sustainable sources of foods and products.” My mission is to tell everyone who’s listening that Cook’s Source’s editor, Judith Griggs, is a complete fucking asshat who wouldn’t know copyright, plagiarism, or ethics if they were stolen from her handbag.
But here’s the fun part: do not plagiarize a person, then treat them dismissively and mock the ownership of the words they wrote on the internet…when you a Facebook page. Cook’s Source’s Facebook page has gone all Explodey with the ire, outrage, vitriol, and subtle mocking education that, no, no, Judith Griggs, the internet is not public domain. And you’re a complete fucking asshat.
And is news of this asshattery perpetrated by Judith Griggs on Twitter? Why do you ask these questions: Of Course It Is.
As much as I loathe plagiarism and editors who wouldn’t know ethics and copyright from a hole in their head, I love the internet. Cook’s Source, your editor Judith Griggs is a complete fucking asshat. Internet, I want to send you cookies.
ETA: Oh, sweet holy Moses, not only did they lift content from Monica and GodeCookery, but Food Network, head’s up: you’re in there,
much like Prego
. Sorry, no Prego-lagiarism, was making bad joke!
Also, your unintentional comedy moment of the day: they have a section called “Food Frauds.” Which, according to alert commenter Andrew Pritchard, was ripped off from WebMD. *headdesk*
Aaaaaaand there’s an entire Facebook page dedicated to tracking down the original articles they reprinted.
ETA PART DEUX: ELECTRIC GOOGLE-OO! It’s Google Bomb time for Judith Griggs. All you have to do: link the words “Judith Griggs” to http://www.smartbitchestrashybooks.com/judithgriggs for fun and google-fu! Our new definition of Judith Griggs:
Inflected Form(s): griggs’d
Pronunciation: gr i gz
1. To use content on the web without permission, then request payment from original author for rewrites and editing.
2. To remain ignorant of plagiarism, ethics, copyright, and asshat behavior.
Example of usage: “Why’d you get an F on that essay?”
“I griggs’d the professor’s doctoral thesis from her website, and I even cleaned it up for her and told her she should give me an A, but she failed me anyway.”
The more who link, the higher our definition will be in the Google rankings. The more you link, the more plagiarism gets a royal assing, one asshat at a time. Play along—because plagiarism still sucks!