There is not much more I can say about the Cook’s Source Magazine scandal that hasn’t been already said. If you don’t know what I’m talking about (and if so, what Internet have you been surfing?) we have the author of an article about medieval tarts (SCAdians take note) who had her article lifted wholesale and printed in a magazine without her permission. The editor, Judith Griggs, of Cook’s Source Magazine not only admitted to the theft, but actually said the following words that may live in Internet history alongside “the internet is a series of tubes:”
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!
Editor fail. Copyright fail. Ethics fail. And, public relations fail. (Just note the comments on their Facebook page.) You see, when you decide to be an asshat to a blogger, especially in such an interestingly twisted and completely asinine fashion, they tend to blog about it. And, when your statements have reached such an epic level of complete cluelessness about the nature of the medium itself, it becomes entertaining for other people to blog about it. So the relatively unknown person you’ve stolen from blogs about it and gets a linkback from the relatively known Nick Mamatas. The latter, being relatively known, inspires even more relatively known bloggers to mock the stupid whose name is Judith Griggs. Scalzi takes a swing with the cluebat and makes a palpable hit in front of his 30K of daily eyeballs. (What’s the circulation of that magazine again? Just wondering.) And the Smart Bitches of equally vast viewage take multiple swipes and offers a present of Google. Then, at last, the meme goes nuclear when it crosses the radar of Instpundit.
So, Judith Griggs, you are now an internet meme. I wonder if permanently associating yourself with this kind of asshattery in the minds of a few hundred thousand people was worth the few hundred bucks you saved by not actually buying the rights to your articles.