I have to leave for work soon so I’m going to keep this short and sweet: Judith Griggs, editor of ad-supported magazine Cooks Source, has been lifting material from web sites and using it without permission. When approached by an aggrieved author who requested an apology and a nominal payment to be made to Columbia School of Journalism, Griggs replied:
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!”
And all hell broke loose.