8th nov, 2010

Copying text off the net is not cool…or legal

An editor of a cooking magazine – Cook´s Source – decided that all those recipes floating on the net was just waiting to get copied. When food blogger Monica Gaudio discovered that one of her articles found its way into the magazine se objected. The editor responded with some fantastic claims the best one being:
“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..”
And
“We put some time into rewrites, you should compensate me!”
A Wired story reports that the net backlash of the magazines reply and disregard for IP included angry posts on Food Sources Facebook page, the magazine removed phone number and e-mail. This is the equivalent of the famous “duck and cover” slogan from the childhood of the nuclear bomb. But as it is with nuclear bombs, it doesn´t blow over just because you are out of sight.
Apparently the Food Network is examining if anything should be done about recipes belonging to the Food Network published in the magazine.
The lessons here:
·         Everything on the net is not free, and that includes user generated content
·         Always know what you are talking about
·         Understand social media and its power

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