Arnie Sheiffer, please copy

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Arnie Sheiffer, please copy

Ah, the power of the Internet and the relative­ly recent phenomenon of "crowdsourcing!"

For anyone who has missed the web-wide contretemps over a small periodical, Cooks Source's unauthorized use of blogger Monica Gaudio's work product.

The issue: Cooks Source stole a web-pub­lished piece of Ms. Gaudio's, and when she properly protested, the magazine's Editor Judith Griggs made a snotty, ignorant, unapologetic reply.

(For a fairly full account of the [on-going] incident, "The Day The Inter­net Threw A Righteous Hissyfit About Copy­right And Pie." Link courtesy of Mrs. Speir.)

The most outrageous assertion of Griggs':

"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!"

Really? That alone should start the clock ticking on when Griggs gets the pink slip from her publisher. Her professed "three decades" as an editor, and she hasn't clue the first about Intellectual Property in the digital age!

To hearken back to something I raised many years ago on my vocational website:

"Just because it's 'on the Internet,' doesn't mean it's in the Public Domain or otherwise free for the taking."

Arnie Sheiffer and J.P.O.E.'s webmaster, please copy... forthwith and with a right good will.

You have my explicit permission!


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