Judith Griggs, plagiarist and copyright infringer

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.


Monica Gaudio (author):
illadore @ Livejournal

Nick Mamatas:
nihilistic-kid @ Livejournal

Smart Bitches, Trashy Books:
Cook’s Source: When The Source is Plagiarized, The Source Should Feel Grateful – and Guilty
Judith Griggs: The Google Is Our Friend, Not Hers

Dear Author:
Thursday Midday Links: Everything on the web is free says magazine

Edward Champion:
The Cooks Source Scandal: How a Magazine Profits on Theft

John Scalzi:
The Stupidest Thing an Editor With Three Decades of Experience Has Said About the Web Today
Follow Up to Cooks Source and World Fantasy

Straight Dope Message Board:
The web is public domain? Thanks for the info, Cooks Source magazine!

Today’s web justice driveby: Cooks Source Magazine

Simple Justice:
Editor to Bloggers: You’re Public Domain

Entitled Jackasses Favor Sincere Flattery

Absolute Write:
Cooks Source Magazine

Breathtaking editorial arrogance

More later (I hope).


Cooks Source: The Internet roasts a plagiarist

All Facebook:
Facebook Backlash Inundates Food Magazine Over Content Theft

Cooks Source Copyright Infringement Becomes an Internet Meme

Brisbane Times:
Recipe for trouble: cooking rag steals article, then demands payment

Sydney Morning Herald:
The cook and the thieves: a win for internet IP

Cooks Source infringement controversy

And finally:

Cooks Source:
Cooks Source

Smart Bitches, Trashy Books:
Lessons Learned from Cooks Source

John Scalzi:
Cooks Source Apology

Monica Gaudio:
The Sunday Night Update – some questions answered


It is pretty clear that Judith Griggs is not the only thieving scumbag in the publishing industry. Here is Dave Belanger, who stole a photo from blogger Suzanne McMinn:

Chickens in the Road:
Open letter to Dave Belanger

Five Million Dollar Dave

Dave Belanger Writes A Check for $2100


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