The Cooks Source Scandal
Is it nice to make a mistake and tell the offended person to quit crying about it and be grateful the offense wasn’t worse? Well, Cooks Source Magazine believes so.
Cooks Source magazine had the nerve to steal part of a blogger’s recipe article, put in their profitable magazine and tell the blogger what they did is not wrong.
Their excuse: Anything on the computer is public domain. Are these duds not familiar with copyright laws?
Most agree that Cooks’ actions were unethical, but many debate on the nature of the offense. Is it copyright infringement or plagiarism?
Plagiarism is taking someone’s ideas and/or words and passing them off as your own. The magazine did not pass the work off as its own. They did make it seem like the blogger wrote for them or submitted it to the publication.
Copyright infringement suggests the copyright agreement was violated. Copyrighted works cannot be reproduced without permission of the copyright holder. The material was reprinted without the blogger’s consent.
In my opinion, Cooks is guilty of copyright infringement since they received no permission from the copyright holder. This type of offense is punishable by punitive damages, monetary compensation etc.
Either way, they are going to pay for what they did. Print journalists and publications alike need to know and understand there are consequences for stealing other people’s work. Warning: You will get caught.