Learning to use Public Domain content is fun. I can get lost for hours reading... it's one of the "good problems" we all have.
Quite often I come across a bit of news regarding the use of Public Domain content.
I'm not a news junkie... but I figure if the news is about something related to my business - I better pay attention.
Usually Logan was on hand to help me edit out anything I really didn't need spend time "digesting". Now - I've got to stop leaning on Logan as my crutch... and try to figure out what the "news jargon" really means.
Any new news (new news ?? try saying that 3 times fast) related to the Public Domain and it's use should also be something I share with you.
I had hoped to make this a regular "Monday" thing. Then I got "real" with myself - Logan has taught me to avoid promising a scheduled "anything". Life happens and schedules (with missed deadlines) will cause stress. I try to avoid stress whenever I can. 🙂
If I don't understand what it means - I'll find out and give you the scoop.
This weeks (actually the past two weeks) big news is just tooo good - you will just be rolling on the floor laughing.
Side Note - As you are reading this story - keep telling yourself this "Be careful what you write in an email - It could be the shot heard around the world".
Public Domain Debacle
This "Silly Goose" named Judith Griggs - who is the managing editor of a magazine called "Cooks Source" (I've never heard of it)... said this about Public Domain:
"the web is considered public domain"
Now that you know "why" I have to share this story - I'll get into the details...
Several years ago - (reported 2005) a very cool little website named Gode Cookery published an article titled "A Tale Of Two Tarts" by Monica Gaudio.
Apparently - Cooks Source magazine published this article without permission from the writer.
Why would a magazine publish an article without permission - especially when the page is clearly marked with a copyright notice - twice?
This Is The Silly Goose - Judith Griggs
The editor - Judith Griggs writes in an email
"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!"
That statement made me sit up and take notice - how about you?
I'm not going to go into all the details here... I'll insert the links to all the articles I've read so far about the Silly Goose comment and the resulting hail storm that rained down on Judith.
My Big Burning Questions???
- Is this actually a case of "fair use"?
- Is this a case of "recipe ingredients are public domain?
- Is this a case of the content was already public domain?
Lists of ingredients are public domain... the rest of the content is NOT Public Domain. That means the "How To" is NOT public domain content.
This is not Fair Use either... the entire article was copied (not just a portion) and the author was not given credit.
This is really a case of "Dumb Editor Needs To Learn Copyright Law".
Yes... I did read (or at least skim for new information) all of these articles. It was fun... I've been giggling for days! This is also an education that I think you should always have in the back of your head whenever you think - "I'll just copy/paste that".
More Related articles
- Plagiarizing print editor claims the entire Internet is "public domain" (geek.com)
- Cooks Source Magazine Apologizes - Sort Of (yro.slashdot.org)
- Attention: The Web Is Not Public Domain [Internet] (gizmodo.com)
- Cooks Source probably shutting down (boston.com)
- Cooks Source, Copyright And Public Domain (npr.org)
- Cooks Source Editor Finally Responds... Makes Things Worse (techdirt.com)
- World's Dumbest Editor Incurs The Wrath Of The Internet (woot.com)