November 05, 2010

Don't Steal Stuff

Good grief:

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!

-- Judith Griggs, managing editor of Cooks Source magazine, in an email to a writer whose on-line article she had lifted and reprinted without permission.

The web is wreaking vengeance, of course, turning up a great many other apparently unlicensed articles, many lifted from sources that are quite well lawyered-up, so it's likely to be quite a painful lesson.

(via Scalzi.)

Posted by Dr. Frank at November 5, 2010 08:38 PM | TrackBack