Many bloggers and other internet publishers, license the use of their stuff under some form of Creative Commons License. I do. But Monica Gaudio goes one step further with her material at Gode Cookery Presents. Of example she wrote, “A Tale of Two Tarts is © 2005 by the author Monica Gaudio” at the end of her discussion of and recipes for fourteenth and sixteenth century apple pies. But that didn’t keep Cook’s Source from stealing her stuff and then responding arrogantly to her reasonable request that they make a contribution to a charity as compensation.
Here’s part of the email Monica Gaudio received from Judith Griggs, managing editor of Cook’s Source.
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!”
And just to add a little irony, the email ended with this,
This electronic message may contain information privileged for the addressee only.
Please be advised that the Cooks Source email addressee is not intended to be transferred to any other addressor, and any copying, distribution or use of the contents of this message is prohibited.
Internet copy is protected by copyright! No matter how tired they may be, those who steal that copy without permission are thieves pure and simple. Arrogance with or without irony is never just compensation.