Nov 5, 2010

Cooks Source got pwned

"Cooks Source steals your wallet then helps you look for it!"
"Cooks Source thought the walkie-talkies were a nice touch in the re-release of E.T."

These are two of hundreds of snark bombs (some funnier than others) lodged at Cooks Source's former Facebook page after the food magazine's publisher, Judith Griggs, told a food blogger that she could lift an entire recipe and republish it for free because "everything on the Internet is in the public domain," the Los Angeles Times reports.

Here's a little more background from the Times story:
Food blogger Monica Gaudio found out that Cooks Source published a piece that she wrote about apple pie, but did not get her permission to do so. Gaudio contacted the publication, half expecting it to be some kind of unfortunate mix-up, and asked for a nominal sum of money as compensation. That's when Griggs -- or someone using her e-mail address -- responded, blasting Gaudio for even raising the issue: "... 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 gets worse. The e-mail continues that not only would Gaudio not be getting paid, but that Gaudio should have paid her for the editing work she had to put into the piece.
This didn't sit well with bloggers and others, who hijacked the Facebook page today. As of this moment, the Cooks Source page has 4,223 "likes" - the overwhelming majority dislike Cooks Source.

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