Cooks Source Editor Gives First Interview; Says She'll Probably Shut Down The Magazine

from the no-surprise-there dept

Judith Griggs, the editor of Cooks Source, who discovered that mocking a woman whose article she copied, without permission, in her magazine resulted in international attention, has now given her first interview about the whole thing, in which she admits that she was wrong and suggests she’s probably going to close down the magazine. Yet, while she definitely seems apologetic, it does seem like she’s more apologetic about the fact that this came back to haunt her, rather than for her actions:

“I feel so bad for anybody now who has bad publicity because people can be so horrible,” Griggs, 59, said in her first interview about the matter. “I don’t know if I’m going to continue Cooks Source. At this point, it’s looking doubtful.”

While folks like Mathew Ingram are wondering if the punishment doled out was too much, others, such as Steve Butry make the point that “she wasn’t contrite when confronted with the error, [but] only when exposed,” while also pointing out that plenty of good businesses fail, and if there should be sympathy for failing businesses, it should be pushed in their direction.

I will admit that as much as I think social mores can be an effective regulator of certain types of behavior, I am also always a little wary of pure mob justice, because it can grow like an avalanche — and if a mistake is made, and someone is improperly blamed or the mob lashes out without all the facts, the results can be devastating. I’m not sure I know what the proper answer is here, other than to hope that enough information is clearly provided before such mob justice lashes out. In this case, I tend to agree with Butry. The woman’s response to being caught was clearly inappropriate, and so it’s difficult to be too concerned about that publication going out of business.

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Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re:

You sound like a record executive.

She was uninformed on IP over the internet. That’s about 99% of people.

I agree she wasn’t nice about it, but at the same time, I have no issue with what she actually did. It shouldn’t be illegal. It should be fine to reproduce work like that.

If someone takes this extremely well written post, edits it a bit, and prints it in their magazine, with no credit to Anonymous Cowards everywhere, I don’t care. I don’t care if it took me years of research to generate this post.

I don’t want her magazine to fail over it. It’s just not that big of a deal.

Joe Magly (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re:

I would be inclined to back you up if this lady was just your average user. As the editor of a magazine a plea of ignorance on how IP on the internet works does not fly as it should have been part of her role to be very aware of how others content can be used and the customs around it as well as the possible consequences if she messed up.

Should she loose or shut down the magazine over this? I am on the fence about that but she most certainly was responsible and saying “I didn’t know better” just does not work.

ChurchHatesTucker (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re: Re:

“As the editor of a magazine a plea of ignorance on how IP on the internet works does not fly as it should have been part of her role to be very aware of how others content can be used…”

You don’t have to have to be a copyright lawyer to start a magazine.

My take is that she heard at one point that ‘recipes aren’t covered by copyright’ (true) and ran with that concept, not realizing what constituted a recipe and what was a ‘narrative expansion’ thereof.

SomeGuy (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re: Re:

“As the editor of a magazine a plea of ignorance on how IP on the internet works…”

I think I’m with AC on this one. We’re always talking about how copyright is broken, how it doesn’t work in the digital age, giving examples of how copyright SHOULD work. And now we’re crucifying this lady because she ognored how copyright DOES work. Isn’t that a bit two-faced?

Yeah, I’m having trouble finding sympathy for her, but that’s an emotional response to the tone of her reply. She was kind of a jerk, but I don’t think anything she said is particularly untrue.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re:2 Re:

She isn’t being crucified for not understanding copyright.

She is being crucified for being a complete b*tch.

I actually agree that she should be able to use the woman’s blog post as part of her magazine; however, she should have credited the original source (not because of laws, because of ethics) and she should have responded in a reasonable manner once the current state of copyright was made clear to her.

Instead she lashed out at the original author and then mounted her high horse to respond to people who were defending the original author. If she (or anyone) had spoken directly to me with the tone of those e-mails my palm would have been itching to slap her (although I don’t ever hit people.)

SomeGuy (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re:3 Re:

she should have credited the original source

She did give credit, she just didn’t TELL the author about it. From the linked Techdirt article, “They did put her name on it, but she only found out after a friend spotted it and told her about it.”

she should have responded in a reasonable manner

I agree, but I think it’s mostly just a case of bad people skills. Tone is hard to discern in text, and it can be read as her saying, “I should have not creditted you” or “you need to pay ME for the publicity,” but the same words can be interpretted as “we credited you, where others might not” and “we’re giving you free publicity.” It can even be read as “you’re attacking us because we creditted you” because if they hadn’t put her name on it she might never have even found it.

I’m not sure why she balked at paying $130 to a charity, but it’s not terribly unlike some other authers swinging their weight around and demanding payment.

My point is, if the editor didn’t SOUND like a bitch — and that may be a complete fluke of the text medium — then her stance isn’t any different from what we usually promote here at Techdirt.

jc (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re:4 Re:

I don’t buy it, tone can be difficult in text but as a magazine editor you ought to be able to send an e-mail which can’t be mis-interpreted. I’ll even grant that the first e-mail may have been a text / voice situation … but the second e-mail is blatantly rude and there is no way you can read this paragraph and NOT imagine her all red faced and throwing a hissy fit:

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!”

interval (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re:

“If someone takes this extremely well written post, edits it a bit, and prints it in their magazine, with no credit to Anonymous Cowards everywhere, I don’t care. I don’t care if it took me years of research to generate this post.”

That’s one poster’s opinion. Another opinion might be that I have spent years article writing, I am a professional writer, and I make my living writing, and that it should be my choice as to whether or not an article I wrote appear on a website. I may freely give that article to do with as you wish, but I don’t believe you should simply take it, give me no credit for it, and mock me when I call you on it.

SlowCanuck says:

Re: Re:

I agree, what most people seemed to have missed is – she has been stealing from books, magazines, websites, blogs, and TV Shows. She credited none of it, which is fine, except..

She tried to sound like she knew what she was talking about, and was aware of the law! In her ignorance she only made herself sound less sympathetic so when the Mob got hold of it – they pounced! Judith, her magazine, and her website got destroyed – out of her ignorance and nothing else!

TtfnJohn (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re:

I terms of republishing recipes she ripped off no one because recipes aren’t subject to copyright. Editorial text is but the recipe itself isn’t.

Her response can be described with varying levels of stupidity, arrogance and ignorance and I’m sure she’s heard them all by now as have her advertisers.

It’s long past time to let go.

I’m wondering how many still angry posters here have even bothered to look at the publication in question. It’s a one person operation and while it looks nice it has amateur stamped all over it. None of this excuses or justifies her response to Ms Guadio’s extremely generous settlement offer.

Under the extreme pressure of getting the publication out she fired off an “apology” that was anything but and added a few lines of insults besides. Before we continue to crucify her perhaps we need to look at ourselves and the number of times we’ve done the same or something similar. Even stupidly in an email.

One person operation or not that was anything but the right way to deal with it.

With that I also need to say that I’m not surprised at her ignorance of copyright law. Most people that run rural and semi-rural publications like hers have very little understanding of IP laws beyond what someone tells them. Before anyone chimes in to say she “ought” to have educated herself I have to ask just how many, even, large publishers packed full of legal leeches, do given the number of contested DCMA takedowns that they have to back track on.

Keep in mind as well that these sorts of publications are an important, if not vital, way that rural and semi rural citizens keep their lives, histories and lifestyles going instead of being drowned under big city MSM crud that thinks we’re culturally ignorant lumps of clay because we can’t attend the opera of a regular basis or like country music too much.

It’s our way of communicating our culture which is as valid and, often, as lively as that of the big city.

There’s part of me that hopes she doesn’t go down under this and part of me that does.

I’m hoping that she has learned a lesson here, though.

(Under the same circumstances I’d have dashed off a quick email thanking Ms Guidio for her email and offering to speak later once the edition was out to discuss the settlement offer.)

Let her be now. It’s over.

Dark Helmet (profile) says:

Playing the victim works a lot better...

…when you didn’t act like a class A scumbag.

“I feel so bad for anybody now who has bad publicity because people can be so horrible”.

Too true! People CAN be horrible. For instance, they can yoink an article you put together, put it in their magazine w/o even bothering to let you know they did so, and then whimper about how horrible others are when they get taken to task.

Sorry…I’m w/the mob on this one. And one thing I noticed the mob hates is when people can’t be bothered with common courtesy….

Free Capitalist (profile) says:

Re: Playing the victim works a lot better...

And one thing I noticed the mob hates is when people can’t be bothered with common courtesy….

It’s hard to say what a mob wants at any given moment, but I think in this case they were actually looking for Cheetos.

There is one certain lesson we can all take from this, however. No matter how right or wrong you may think you are… never taunt a mob. Especially in real life kids. Snark is right out!

Here’s to hoping we never have to apply that lesson.

Berenerd (profile) says:

Re: Playing the victim works a lot better...

I am all for giving people second chances. I feel that if she would just come out and say, “ok, I messed up. i am sorry. I will do better” I would then say, “ok, give it a go. i will support you on that”. The problem is, she doesn’t seem to be sorry for what she did, just that she got caught. If this causes her business to fail its because of her own damn pride. Does she need to be an expert in IP law? nope. She doesn’t even need to know anything about it, however, she does need to look into it when someone claimed she was infringing and say “oops, my bad, I will take care of that.”. instead she went the route of “HAHAHAHA U R DUMB”.

Dark Helmet (profile) says:

Re: Re: Playing the victim works a lot better...

It’s interesting, because if the personality roles had been reversed, I think we’d all be on opposite sides of this. If she’d come off as simply ignorant of how this all worked, and the author had screamed and hollored about magical “losses” to her income, with the mag editor apologizing sincerely, we’d all be backing her up.

Such a odd reaction got her creamed, however. The mob may be the mob, but the mob tends to be fairly providential, IMO….

sehlat (profile) says:

Criminal? or Sinner?

From Lois McMaster Bujold’s novel Memory.

The criminal secretly wants to get caught, so ran the popular wisdom. Not true, Miles thought; the criminal just wants to get away. It was the sinner who sought to be brought to light, on the long crawl back through confession, to absolution and some sort of grace, however shattered.

Given the “I’m sorry I got caught.” attitude…
Given the attitude La Griggs has evinced, I come down on the side of “criminal.”

ElSteevo (profile) says:

Griggs, when confronted with a claim by the original author, was irresponsible when responding; she never checked her facts.

What made it egregious was that she then lambasted the original author, because she was so certain of the facts she never bothered to check.

What makes her a “not nice person” is that she didn’t apologize once her mistake was pointed out.

What makes her worthy of being the source of the term “Griggsed” is that she is only sorry she was caught.

ac says:

quitter

Shuttering the magazine is the last thing she should do. It is a dis-service to her loyal readership, and a loss of what could be a good site. She should take this as a learning opportunity. If she’s going to piggy back off of other sites, she needs to cite the source AND link back to it. If Cooks Source was at all successful before this incident, it is obvious that Griggs knows where to find good content and had a good portal through which she presented it to her viewers. I don’t think it will be impossible for her to recover from this event, and she should be using the publicity to her advantage. If her hide is too thick to apologize, then perhaps she needs to hire a PR department.

Adam Wasserman (profile) says:

Re: quitter

What makes you think she is even halfway serious about shutting down?

“I don’t know if I’m going to continue Cooks Source. At this point, it’s looking doubtful.”

That is far from a clear declaration of intent. From where I sit it sounds a whole lot more like a teenager’s petulant threat to run away from home in the hopes of garnering some unwarranted sympathy.

Just sayin’…

Punmaster (profile) says:

Sympathy? I don't think so.

Internet Mob Justice is not always just. It can be mistaken, and it can be devastating. But in this case, I think it’s deserved.

She didn’t get run out of business because mean people said nasty things about her because of one mistake. That would be unjust, and I would stand up and say “Hey – she made a mistake, and people make mistakes.”

She regularly misappropriated other peoples’ writing. She showed no contrition, and refused to make the minimal restitution requested by the injured party. She even went so far as to mock them, referring to her decades of experience in the editing field. Her business, it seems, regularly used other peoples’ work without requesting permission, paying, or even, in some cases, attributing them correctly.

That’s not cool. That’s not one mistake. That’s a pattern of dishonesty. The advertisers were hurt by her actions.

We’re in an age of transparency now. Dishonest behaviour WILL come back to haunt you. People WILL find out the scummy things that you did, and they WILL see how you deal with being confronted with your mistakes. Had she been contrite, and made restitution, she’d have been able to continue to work.

Eventually, someone would have found other misappropriated works. Someone would have sued her for copyright infringement. She was playing Internet Russian Roulette, and it was only a matter of time before somebody did a search found an infringement, and brought it to the attention of one of the big media companies. It was inevitable because the internet never forgets. It’s going to be interesting to see how business behaviour changes, as their past never quite goes away.

I am sorry to see that she’s going to shut down the magazine, but only because that will make it harder for the ripped off authors to get any restitution.

I’m sorry that her actions harmed her advertisers.

But I’m not sorry that “the mob” was all over her.

Grace says:

Quote “and if a mistake is made, and someone is improperly blamed or the mob lashes out without all the facts, the results can be devastating. I’m not sure I know what the proper answer is here, other than to hope that enough information is clearly provided before such mob justice lashes out.”

A review of past publications of Cooks Source magazine found more than 160 other examples of pirating articles and images from other websites, including such big wigs as Disney, Food Network, and Martha Stewart. While these facts were not known in the beginning, when the Internet machine swung into full speed ahead, the Machine turned up these facts as a part of their drive to expose, expose, expose. While your statement has merit, it is not relevant in this instance, because Judith is not an innocent party.

out_of_the_blue says:

Gee, for once I agree with you, Mike.

“I will admit that as much as I think social mores can be an effective regulator of certain types of behavior, I am also always a little wary of pure mob justice, because it can grow like an avalanche — and if a mistake is made, and someone is improperly blamed or the mob lashes out without all the facts, the results can be devastating.”

With your *words*, anyway.

SO, now I expect you to RETRACT on:
http://www.techdirt.com/blog/wireless/articles/20101001/15475611255/starbucks-staffer-claims-he-was-fired-for-turning-off-wifi-to-block-porn-watchers.shtml#c681

You used “claims” to set the tone and got your flash mob stirred up and railing at a mere employee who was put in a difficult spot, without help from managers, he *did* ask them to stop, was physically threatened, then ended up getting fired. I invite everyone to read my post of the *actual* account by the first person himself, the “barista”, and compare it to your slanted take.

Let’s not have any hedging about “was reported” or that your actions didn’t dirctly lead to the firing, that’d already happened. –Nope, your words there were blatantly wrong in what you reported and quite unsympathetic.

Time to walk the walk, Mike, and at least corrct your mistake.

nasch (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re: Gee, for once I agree with you, Mike.

The only facts about the case I see there is this statement: “an exasperated barista decided the best response was to pull the plug on the WiFi — an act for which he claims he was fired.” Is any of that untrue? As far as I know, he did not get any facts wrong. The Consumerist reported the same thing, and the quote apparently from the fired employee quoted the same thing too.

So what facts did Mike get wrong?

out_of_the_blue says:

Re: Re: Re:2 Gee, for once I agree with you, Mike.

Never A Statement Comment, Huh? (acronym: NASCH)

Look. I *know* your technique: endless questions.

Above, I state the facts Mike got wrong, but I’ll repeat some. — I’ve already said there that “was reported elsewhere” is *no* excuse: wrong facts are wrong facts. IF you report wrong and learn that later, then you must retract so far as possible. That’s what must be done in order for Mike to be consistent. — I don’t *mind* if he isn’t: that’s pretty much my point with this.

The “barista” by his own statement (which I credit far more than Mike’s third hand version) *did* the obvious: asked managers for advice or to intervene, asked the customer to quit and was threatened with physical violence, informed other customers of the problem and temporary outage, and only then pulled the plug. Problem solved, except for the “barista” *actually* got fired for doing the obvious.

Mike got *every* relevant fact wrong, besides slanting it with “claims”. Since his words that I quoted above exactly refer to getting facts wrong and damage resulting when mobs run rampant with the wrong facts, I remind him of this “ancient” item, which I’m sure is still affecting the “barista”. — I seem to be the only one even cognizant the “barista” *is* a person: read the “fire the idiot”, “let’s have them serve naked”, and “he’s got health insurance, can risk getting assaulted” comments (MY paraphrases, before one of you guys quibble that those aren’t quotes).

Now, nasch, will you please just simply state whether you believe MIke got the facts right? If you don’t answer that question, and only come up with another question, consider yourself as holding the wrong position.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re:3 Gee, for once I agree with you, Mike.

You only quoted from this article, not the one you want “fixed.” Are you just asking that Mike say he did ask them to stop? That’s a minor quibble at best. The guy was fired because he cut the wifi service; that wasn’t his call to make. He’d probably get fired for turning the lights off on a sunny day, too. What’s your point?

nasch (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re:3 Gee, for once I agree with you, Mike.

I *know* your technique: endless questions.

They’re only endless if you don’t answer them. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I guess we need to quote from Mike’s source’s source:

“…[he] went through all the steps, asking supervisors, calling managers, and even looking through the employee handbook (which not only said nothing about this act being against policy but actually explained how to do it) before cutting the public Wi-Fi.”

So the 1st-person source didn’t mention anything about asking the customers to stop. Is that the fact you claim Mike got wrong? You say he did ask the customers to stop; however I couldn’t find any mention of that in the Consumerist article. If I missed it, do point it out. I haven’t seen anything else you mentioned that contradicts anything Mike said.

Now, nasch, will you please just simply state whether you believe MIke got the facts right?

As far as I can tell, yes, he did.

If you don’t answer that question, and only come up with another question, consider yourself as holding the wrong position.

You don’t get to dictate the terms. If you convince me I’m wrong, I’ll admit it. I don’t have to consider anything just because I ask more questions than you’re comfortable with.

out_of_the_blue says:

Re: Re: Re:4 @ NASCH Gee, for once I agree with you, Mike.

You are WRONG: “So the 1st-person source didn’t mention anything about asking the customers to stop.”

JUST READ THE BELOW. YOU ARE REFUTING THE FIRST-PERSON.
But fine, keep doing so.

======= start paste ========

“Jim, I told you the following when I sent you this:

1. I did ask the men to leave. One guy threatened me with physical violence, the others told me that they had the right to be in the store.
2. I told the customers who were using the wi-fi for legitimate reasons what I was going to do. I asked them if it would interrupt anything, I asked if it was okay, they all said to go for it.

I turned the wi-fi back on maybe 10-15 minutes later, after the offending people had left.

The supervisor told me to go ahead and do it.
The employee handbook has a page on “If you want to turn off the wi-fi, here’s how” and lists the steps to do so. Otherwise, you can call the Enterprise Help Desk, who will walk you through the steps.

My SM and DM were well aware with the problems with porn and bootlegging at the store.
I had no prior corrective actions, save for a few tardies in early 2009.

Posted by: Xan Gordon”

======== end paste ========

nasch (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re:5 @ NASCH Gee, for once I agree with you, Mike.

Wow, you expect Mike to read through every comment on every news story he posts? Anyway, the employee says he asked the men to leave. That’s good. Did he ever ask them to stop surfing the porn?

Seems to me that 1. an update would have been in order if someone had pointed that out at the time. I read the comment you linked and you didn’t do anything like that; maybe someone did somewhere but I’m not going to go read all the comments. Is there any point in updating the story now? Maybe so, I don’t know what kind of traffic TD gets on back stories. 2. Mike did nothing incendiary or that I would characterize as stirring up an online mob. 3. What were we talking about again? ๐Ÿ˜‰

out_of_the_blue says:

Re: Re: Re:6 @ NASCH Gee, for once I agree with you, Mike.

Okay, at least you admit to being WRONG ON A FACT. All else follows to anyone not dug in to defend Mike.

To your #1. YES, the truth is always the truth. Why do you oppose a correction? — Also, if you were concerned, why didn’t you READ ALL as I asked, instead of making me back you into a corner? Not that I mind.

#2: Nonetheless, a “mob” verbally lynched Gordon based on what Mike wrote. It may be “involuntary mob-launching” and minor, but it was based on wrong info put out by Mike, and I can’t abide his statements above in similar circumstances.

#3: We’re discussing Mike’s integrity and arrogance, and also those of readers here. He doesn’t deign to (or dare to, or care to, take your pick) defend himself. The only curious point is why you did (I hope past tense).

nasch (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re:7 @ NASCH Gee, for once I agree with you, Mike.

1. I don’t oppose a correction, where did you get that idea? And I originally didn’t even notice there were comments on the article, and even if I had I had no reason to think the employee had commented there. If you had mentioned it anywhere I might have looked, but you didn’t.

2. You seriously think the criticism of this guy is because of Mike? Really?

3. I don’t particularly care who I defend, I just tend to question things that look incorrect. And your claims looked suspicious based on what I read. So I asked you about them.

.-=RWW=-. (profile) says:

More Weasel than Weasel

Did any of you notice, that Judith Griggs, acting as Cooks Source Magazine, on the company web site did not sign her Statement?
It is not really an apology at all, as nobody takes credit for this statement.
Dan Crowley, staff writer for the GAZZETTENET.com’s Daily Hampshire Gazette, in his quest to politely bring light from the real Judy Griggs, failed to ask some important questions.

@ChurchHatesTucker (Re: Re: Re:), I believe that you are correct, she was honestly confused, but that doesn’t excuse her subsequent behavior as a business person, period.

@ElSteevo and @Dark Helmet, I couldn’t agree more.
@ac, sorry, but this is one lesson that she should walk away from with haste. At least until she has taken some college courses to bring her back up to speed in the modern era. I think the curriculum in the university of hard knocks is too hard for her and she needs to look for training to become employable again.

It seems to me that this is a case of a person who thinks that she is much more than she is. She doesn’t seem to be grounded in reality where it comes to her own limitations and abilities. It is as if she has inflated her self-worth and believes she has learned more than she actually has. I am of the opinion that she should spend a few semesters at a local college campus to re-learn life. IMHO.

.-=RWW=-. (profile) says:

More Weasel than Weasel

Did any of you notice, that Judith Griggs, acting as Cooks Source Magazine, on the company web site did not sign her Statement?
It is not really an apology at all, as nobody takes credit for this statement.
Dan Crowley, staff writer for the GAZZETTENET.com’s Daily Hampshire Gazette, in his quest to politely bring light from the real Judy Griggs, failed to ask some important questions.

@ChurchHatesTucker (Re: Re: Re:), I believe that you are correct, she was honestly confused, but that doesn’t excuse her subsequent behavior as a business person, period.

@ElSteevo and @Dark Helmet, I couldn’t agree more.
@ac, sorry, but this is one lesson that she should walk away from with haste. At least until she has taken some college courses to bring her back up to speed in the modern era. I think the curriculum in the university of hard knocks is too hard for her and she needs to look for training to become employable again.

It seems to me that this is a case of a person who thinks that she is much more than she is. She doesn’t seem to be grounded in reality where it comes to her own limitations and abilities. It is as if she has inflated her self-worth and believes she has learned more than she actually has. I am of the opinion that she should spend a few semesters at a local college campus to re-learn life. IMHO.

JEDIDIAH says:

Some people just have no class.

Having any sympathy for this schmuck is just so bogus.

She was a total jerk and an unrepentant thief.

This whole nonsense reminds me of an incident from the 50’s with a comic book publisher. The “stole” a short story and adapted it. When they got caught red handed, their response was to give the author the royalty he was due. They didn’t act like the original material was free to plagarize.

That kind of response was what was missing here and why the reaction of the Net was so heated.

SomeGuy (profile) says:

Re: Some people just have no class.

But the going-forward of Techdirt, generally, is that these things SHOULD be free to plagerize. Especially in your comic book scenario (as there’s a lot more involved in “adapting” a short story to a comic than just cut-and-paste), and especialy in the Cook Source scenario (where the author was given fair credit). I think it’s disingenuous to claim on the one hand that this sort of thing should be the norm, and then turn around and complain when it actually happens.

nasch (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re:2 Some people just have no class.

If you’re saying the general sentiment around here is that there’s nothing wrong with plagiarism (passing someone else’s work off as your own), then I strongly disagree.

However, your use of “plagiarism” and “fair use” together confuses me. The two are not very closely related, since plagiarism and copyright infringement are two distinctly different things.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re:3 Some people just have no class.

Certain definitions of “plagiarize” include “close imitation” or “publication” of another’s works without permission, citation or not. While I’ll agree that there’s “something wrong” with intentionally trying to claim someone else’s work off as your own, the general sentiment around here does seem to allow for (though, not necessarily encourage) both unauthorized republication and “close imitation.” That’s my only point.

nasch (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re:4 Some people just have no class.

“According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, to “plagiarize” means

* to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own
* to use (another’s production) without crediting the source
* to commit literary theft
* to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source.”

“Plagiarism is defined in dictionaries as “the wrongful appropriation, close imitation, or purloining and publication, of another author’s language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions, and the representation of them as one’s own original work.” “(emphasis mine)

I could go on. I’ve found lots of definitions of plagiarism, and every one of them includes a reference to not crediting the original author, and/or passing off the work as one’s own. So, either I’ve convinced you of that point or not, it’s up to you. Nothing more I can say about it I think.

the general sentiment around here does seem to allow for (though, not necessarily encourage) both unauthorized republication and “close imitation.” That’s my only point.

Yes, I think the general idea is that culture would be better off if such activities were more freely permitted.

btrussell (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re:2 Some people just have no class.

“(b) the Internet misinterpretting what was meant.”

Maybe you can interpret this for us:
“We put some time into rewrites, you should compensate me!”

It makes sense if the **AAs are going to start paying “pirates” for promotion and advertising. Or pay viewers compensation for lost time watching/listening to their crap.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re:

Try… not even going the copyright path.
Going the “arrogant stuck up clueless editor trashed a source author” and got caught doing it. Then made the most un-apologetic apology I’ve ever seen. Then only seems to care that she got caught.
The copyrights is broken – she attributed so not plagiarised.

Want to argue the copyright angle be my guest… but the outrage and mob smack down were for being “publically” arrogant, incorrect, and effectively refusing to show any remorse or common decency.

try reading the blogosphere… or hey heck even just the article and the preceeding comments… this same point has now been made more than 2 times.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re:

I choose to go down the “copyright path” because that is precisely what this matter is all about.

Thus, when I read comments supporting the copyright holder and vilifying the copyright infringer, I am immediately struck by the fact that people here seem to be running to the defense of the copyright holder.

BTW, the only reason the infringer was publicly “outed” was because a ticked off copright holder decided to go public and portray herself as a victim in need of mob support.

nasch (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re: Re:

You’re intentionally missing the point, by singling out a fact that is true but irrelevant. You could just as well say you’re struck by the fact that people are running to the defense of the brunette against the blonde, or the person from Michigan opposed to the person from Arizona (I made those facts up of course).

Copyright infringement is not what the masses are upset about.

Anonymous Coward says:

Copyright infringement is not what the masses are upset about.

They are upset about an infringer who gave a somewhat rude answer to a copyright holder. Persons generally do not like rude people.

Of course, this is a somewhat different story when the infringer (direct and/or contributory) giving rude answers is either someone like Pogo, or Joel Tenenbaum, or Jammie Thomas Rassert, or sites like The Pirate Bay, and the copyright holder is a label, movie studio, author, musician, etc.

The former is viewed as a victim of a rude person, whereas the latter is viewed as receiving his/her/its just desserts.

The disparity of treatment could not be more apparent, and is a classic example of a double standard.

Craig Swinson says:

Let's get back to the "facts"

1. Grigg’s not only “lifted” the bit about the apple pie, she’s “lifted” what seems to be over a hundred articles…not just recipes. Most recipes can be lifted as they are not wholly unique and not subject to copyright…but the photos and other text, the editorial bits, the stories and the like…BIG problem.

2. Her apology and all subsequent “apologies” are not really apologies, they are excuses and blame games. She blames everyone else but herself. Her “30 years” as an editor just goes to show people that are horrific at a job can still find or make one up.

3. The article in the Gazette was almost pure propaganda. There was little or no fact checking done by Dan Crowley at all. Was she really an editor at The Voice? Or Housatonic Home magazine, a magazine she couldn’t even spell or name correctly? Does he ask any real questions about who might have “lifted” the hundred plus other articles? Does he ask how she might have come up with the idea that often publications “lift” entire articles and change the by-line?
How they have no money to pay writers yet they listed numerous staff writers, who don’t seem to exist?

4. All the BS support about “rural” publications and how “ignorant” poor little rural publication editors might be…is just that…BS. If you are a publisher and an editor and in this case the OWNER of a small rural publication, it is YOUR JOB, to know copyright. I wonder when she was lifting these things from the web, as she seems on one hand to indicate she was almost the only employee, did she not see the little copyright symbol? Wouldn’t that be enough for the uneducated to get a clue? But then again someone with 30 years experience as an editor should and must know better right? Especially when their “apology” includes the fact that they are aware this goes on “all the time”, that articles are “lifted” and bylines changed…and that is somehow a business model.

5. Grigg’s is out of business because she got caught. She got caught doing something that she knew was wrong, and instead of owning up, she let her arrogance (not ignorance) rule the day…and good riddance to her. Understand the reason she is shutting down is because her “business model” has been exposed. When you base your magazine on theft, and you are found out…people will look at the next issue to see what else you have stolen.

I don’t buy the ignorance bit at all. I think she was very calculated in what she did, as she did not just steal recipes she stole editorial content and she stole photographs.
Want the list of of articles that she “lifted”…and if you take her for her word, it is only she and her daughter…so they are responsible…unless she plans on throwing her kid under the bus and blaming her.
https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0AmTaIPHPnkSedGFhbHo1d1FIR2oxNWJLaDZLeXhEVEE&hl=en#gid=0

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