A Real Horror Story

Posted: November 4, 2010 in Cooks Source, copyright laws, writer, writing, Writing/Publishing

The Internet has become an almost indispensable part of our lives. Oh sure, you can watch movies, play games, chat with the world, update your Facebook page so we’ll know when you’re standing in line at the grocery store, or hear about the latest celebrity baby/rehab stint/relationship/bikini sighting. You can also do research, conduct interviews, promote your latest book, check emails, and a myriad of other things.

You can also steal.

Just ask a certain writer we shall call Monica (since that’s her name). When she discovered that one of her articles had been copied and published in a magazine of which she had never heard, she promptly contacted the magazine to find out what was going on.

This was the editor’s response:

“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! 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! I never charge young writers for advice or rewriting poorly written pieces, and have many who write for me… ALWAYS for free!”

The only thing I can say at this point is, somebody needs to be fired really bad.

By and large writers don’t have to worry about people stealing their work … at least that used to be the case.

For the whole story, go to: http://illadore.livejournal.com/30674.html

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