Monday, November 8, 2010

But I Have Every Right to Steal Your Content!

From the Not-Exactly-About-Music dept.

You never know where you'll find discussions about IP rights nowadays but if the guys over at Woot are talking about it, you know it's going to be funny.

A few days ago they posted this blog entry about how the editors over at Cook's Source magazine reposted an article by Monica Gaudio without any compensation, notification, attribution, etc.

From the article:

[... Monica] wrote to the editor asking for an apology and a $130 donation to the Columbia School of Journalism. Here's what world-class bonehead idiot Judith Griggs, editor of Cooks Source, had to say in response:

"...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!... 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... We put some time into rewrites, you should compensate me!"

I know this doesn't really relate to music but to see such a completely perverse interpretation of public domain is at the same time both sad and wonderfully hilarious.

Read the whole story over at the Woot blog.

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