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Intellectual property theft is yummy! [Nov. 4th, 2010|09:58 am]
Zoethe
A magazine called Cooks Source lifted an article by illadore with neither payment nor permission, and when she asked them for an apology and a donation, they told her the internet is public domain (it's not), and heck, she should being paying them for their editing services!

We, the writers of stuff on the internet, should be unamused.

The magazine's major online presence is on Facebook, where they are being badgered by outrage and thusfar are ignoring it. But the magazine itself is apparently distributed for free in stores in the Northeast. So if you live in that region, check out the freebies in your grocery stores to see if they distribute it. If so, ask to speak to a manager, and urge them to stop carrying the magazine. Because that's the only way to actually impact the company. Their response indicates to me that this may not be the only time they've pulled such a stunt. Such behavior must be discouraged.
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[User Picture]From: mariadkins
2010-11-04 02:08 pm (UTC)
oh gods above ...
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-11-04 02:19 pm (UTC)
"Everyone knows the internet is public domain" is deserving of a very severe cluebat beating.
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[User Picture]From: kisekinotenshi
2010-11-04 02:13 pm (UTC)
Once I get home I am blogging about this on MirrorMe. Absolutely horrifying, and it needs to get around.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-11-04 02:19 pm (UTC)
Definitely want to spread it far and wide.
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[User Picture]From: pierceheart
2010-11-04 02:31 pm (UTC)
The BEST way to shut them down - go to their advertisers, dry up their revenue.

Edited at 2010-11-04 02:31 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: ebonypearl
2010-11-04 07:14 pm (UTC)
People are doing that; Cooks Source is losing advertisers as a duck sheds water. Several advertisers have gone onto the Facebook page to say they'd pulled their advertising. The people attacking Cooks Source are supporting the advertisers who pull their ads, so those advertisers are benefiting from all of this.
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[User Picture]From: ser_kai
2010-11-04 02:34 pm (UTC)
My local partner recently had a story included in a book without his permission nor did they pay him. They're selling the book on amazon too. This type of thing seems to be getting increasingly common.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-11-04 02:38 pm (UTC)
That sucks. He should raise a stink about it.
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[User Picture]From: mishamish
2010-11-04 03:35 pm (UTC)
Actually, the best way to impact their bottom line on this is to sue the SHIT out of them. The internet is NOT public domain, and anything set down in a medium (tangible or not) is immediately copyright. If the original writer hasn't FILED for copyright he/she might not be eligible for Super Special Extra Compensation, but one of the standard findings in copyright cases is reimbursement of the plaintiffs legal fees if the claim of infringement is valid. Plus, ya know, all the other compensation the writer is eligible for.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-11-04 04:26 pm (UTC)
She had "copyright" on the page, and that's all that's really required. She *should* sue.
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[User Picture]From: audacian
2010-11-04 04:37 pm (UTC)
I'm sending it over to the local NPR station which I think covers the area where this fishwrap is distributed.

I can't believe their reply. That takes cohones.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-11-04 05:01 pm (UTC)
And just plain stupidity.
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[User Picture]From: merle_
2010-11-04 04:38 pm (UTC)
Sony once stole from me. This was in the wee days of the web, like 1995, but I made an image for one of their shows (I was writing reviews at the time). They just copied the image from my site. Even the image headers were the same.

I didn't sue because I created the image by tracing the logo on paper held up in front of the television, scanning it, and touching it up. Still, I was ticked off.

illadore should definitely sue. Public domain my ass.

(edit) She should also note that since their magazine is presumably available in some library, that their material is in the public domain, and that she can post it wherever she pleases. Complete with useful edits!

Edited at 2010-11-04 04:41 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-11-04 05:02 pm (UTC)
Agreed.
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[User Picture]From: kyburg
2010-11-04 04:42 pm (UTC)
They can bite my shiny metal ass.
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[User Picture]From: roadnotes
2010-11-04 05:37 pm (UTC)
I'm feeling cynical. Will she get an apology? Or will they shut down, whining about all the evil cruel meanies on the internet who unjustly ganged up on them?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-11-04 06:43 pm (UTC)
Considering that the list of who they've stolen from now includes Disney, I don't think the internets are going to really be their problem....

The list of articles that are public domain, according to Cooks Source. Color me amused.
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[User Picture]From: losgunna
2010-11-04 08:44 pm (UTC)
Heh, just read about it on the LA Times website. This is getting big and bigger. Hopefully this will be a big kick in the arse for the companies that do this.

A couple of years ago at work we got a flyer at work from a company that cleans ventilation systems, claiming that they specialized in vet offices. Even had a picture on the card of a smiling vet giving and exam and everything! But wait a second....the vet in the picture is a good friend of mine...and she lives in California and I live in Michigan...and that picture is directly from her office website... Sure enough, they had just lifted pictures right off of the site. They got a nasty shock when they got the phone call about that!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-11-04 10:14 pm (UTC)
Yeah, oops.
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[User Picture]From: losgunna
2010-11-04 08:48 pm (UTC)
Oh, it should be noted that the Cook's Source website appears to be down right now....
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