Some People Do Not Understand "Journalism"

By Tim Butler | Posted at 18:37

When a blogger found one of her posts had been taken without permission and used in a print magazine, she was (rightly) upset and contacted the editor of the magazine. The blogger, Monica Gaudio, eventually asked for an internet and print apology from the magazine, along with a $130 donation to the Columbia School of Journalism. This is the response Cooks Source offered to the author it had apparently stolen the content from:

“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!”

Just because something is easily accessible does not invalidate the protections of copyright law, nor should it.

HT: Gruber


Re: Some People Do Not Understand

The editor's claim to have added value to the article is bogus. And once he put it on paper, he came under standard copyright law. However, I will forever contend copyright as currently understood cannot possibly apply to electronic media itself, simply because the nature of the thing is so utterly alien to every other media format.

Posted by Ed Hurst - Nov 5, 2010 | 13:49

Re: Some People Do Not Understand

I agree with stealing someone's idea and not asking for copyright permission when using someone else's gray matter is not right…Philips in ear headphones

Posted by Jennifer phan - Sep 3, 2017 | 8:27

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