Mighty Red Pen

November 4, 2010

About that public domain

Filed under: Wordsworthy — mighty red pen @ 6:14 pm
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Have you been following the story that blew up the InterWebs? Cooks Source magazine editor Judith Griggs (who is probably even now getting her tiara ready to accept her award as The Most Hated Woman on the Internet) borrowed some material from author Monica Gaudio without permission. When Gaudio confronted her, Griggs unleashed this torrent of nonsense:

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.

Oh, this is just part of the torrent of nonsense. Read more here, and see some of the friendly comments folks have had for Editor Griggs on Facebook here.

There might be one bright side to the whole thing. As @rovinglemon pointed out, “As #cookssource faces The Wrath of the Internets, I bet the woman who wrote that #marieclaire column last week is jumping for joy right now.”


Update 11/5: Here’s an article by Cyndi Allison that gives a good round-up of some of the further developments, including involvement by Paula Deen and her legal department.



  1. Whoa! That’s complete craziness.

    Comment by Jessica — November 5, 2010 @ 12:27 pm | Reply

  2. Thanks for the link. I just happened to be online when this Cooking Source story started breaking. I still can’t believe anyone would be that rude to a writer after stealing content. Wow. That’s so wrong on so many levels.

    Comment by Cyndi Allison — November 5, 2010 @ 7:05 pm | Reply

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