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Cooks Source Magazine's insanity

http://www.smartbitchestrashybooks.co...

I don't even have words for this one yet.

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  1. Much ado about nothing? By the way, everyone should be on the lookout for the publication of my new book, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer." I'll be following it up with a sea-going tale "Moby Dick." This authoring thing is easier than I thought.

    1. Hoo, boy. Writing on the web is not "public domain," as alanbarnes explains here:

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7442...

      I write for a website, and a couple of years ago a new editor decided to start re-posting some of my old stuff under her own name, perhaps thinking I wouldn't notice, or care. I noticed and cared, and she is no longer employed at the site. I have no idea whether that was the result of my shit fit, but I like to think it was at least a contributing factor.

      The Cook's Source website is down. I hope it stays down.

      1. Alexandra Petri, one of the WaPo opinion writers, had a little fun with it:

        http://voices.washingtonpost.com/comp...

        quite a response on the Cooks Source FB page as well:

        http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cooks-S...

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          1. re: trolley

            They get more and more hilarious. I almost, but not quite, feel bad for them.

          2. re: goodhealthgourmet

            The FB comments had me chuckling for part of the afternoon yesterday, which is why I've still got a stack of grading to finish today!

            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              yeah, i needed to go to bed so i couldn't read them all last night. should be good for an afternoon chuckle break later :)

              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                That washington post blog is the best yet.

              2. There have been recent discussions here on Chowhound about food bloggers that regularly lift content as well. I wonder whether any of this publicity will give them pause for concern.

                I read the following piece on copyright infringement with interest:

                http://howpublishingreallyworks.com/?...

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                1. re: Breadcrumbs

                  The reason that Cooks Source could be in real trouble is that it is an "ad-driven, newsstand-distributed, for-profit magazine," which means they are exploiting other people's work for commercial purposes. Some blogger lifts your content and although it's illegal and unethical, there are no concrete damages and the best you can do is get them to take it off their site, but this could bankrupt the magazine, not to mention that the editor has now shown herself to be a total idiot who if any prospective employer bothers to google her will never have a job in publishing (or maybe anything else) again.

                2. Another report and more instances of plagiarism by Cooks Source:
                  http://www.edrants.com/the-cooks-sour...