a blogger's work without telling her and without compensation, Cooks Source editor Judith Griggs sent an absolutely ignorant and degrading letter to the blogger, Monica Gaudio, after she complained about be ripped off. Griggs told her that the entire web is "public domain," that her draft of the story sucked and she should be thankful to have an edited clip, and that Gaudio should pay her for all the editing work she did. (See NY Magazine.)
When Gaudio explained her dilemma online, a mighty Internet firestorm broke out, with people writing their thoughtful expressions of disagreement on Cooks Source Facebook page.
But something good comes of this. Now it occurs to us that we can finally start that cooking section we've always thought about but never had time to put together. Yay! Public domain recipes! Free for life! We thank Cooks Source for educating us about the entire web being public domain, and intend to make good use of this new source of cooking facts and recipes.
UPDATE: Cooks Source throws in the towel. They apologized to Ms. Gaudio -- but they also blame nameless "hackers" out there for their troubles.
UPDATE: More trouble for Cooks Source: it appears they have illegally plagiarized hundreds of articles. And here.
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