Cooks Source ~ Breaking Internet Meme + Train Wreck

Update: More Cooks Source Fun !

The American Bar Association Magazine Steals Website Article, Tells Protesting Author She Needs Lesson in Public Domain

” This is classic: “To say this has hurt our business is an understatement. But worse, it is harming the very people we are here to assist.”

No sh*t Sherlock. And it’s all on your diminutive organization as you brought it on then fanned the flames with the non apologies.

The internet won. They beat you down like the plagiarizing thieves you are and you have the nerve to complain about hackers when you have no concept, no idea, no clue as to what a hacker really is?

I’m sure that I and others could accept the apology if it were born out the desire to do the right thing rather than being beaten into submission. Or perhaps if it were an isolated incident we could accept the apologies. However, it is not acceptable and the circumstances surrounding your apologies are dubious at best.

You only apologized because you got caught and folks out there did their homework and found repeated infractions.

Dumb, really, really dumb “.

Joe Westner – FaceBook

Boston Globe Unoriginal thoughts – An apology? We took the words right out of their mouths.

Times Magazine OnlineTime Magazine Newsfeed

Forbes Forbes

The New Judith Griggs Fake FaceBook account

The new Cooks Source Homepage Pathetic! Further embarrassment

Update: It looks like the people at Cooks Source have created anew FaceBook page, found here: New Cooks FaceBook Page – and people are continuing the discussion direvtly to the magazine, lol.

An internet flamefest is happening over a small New England cooking magazine ‘Cooks Source’ accused of publishing recipes and articles lifted from the web without permission. Cooks Source, now the newest Internet meme, study in social media and new favorite FaceBook whipping boy has been spreading like wildfire across the web.

Cooks Source Magazine editor Judith Griggs is probably regretting sending this email to a food blogger. The Internet firestorm of flames began when Monica Gaudio discovered that Cooks Source had recently published an article written and published on the web 5 years ago titled “Tale of Two Tarts.” Gaudio e-mailed the magazine’s editor, Judith Griggs, to complain, asking Cooks Source to post a public apology on its FaceBook page and make a $130 donation to Columbia School of Journalism.

Exhibit A:

“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!”

Trending on twitter #buthonestlyMonica

The hilarious FaceBook fan page of Cooks Source (Warning – NWS!)

The most comprehensive article I have found so far

Copyright Infringement And A Medieval Apple Pie

Picked up om one of my favorite websites, The Consumerist

OMG !!!

Original Source of the recipe A Tale of Two Tarts

Copyright Infringement and Me

Today’s web justice driveby: Cooks Source Magazine (BoingBoing)

Cooks Source Copyright Infringement Becomes an Internet Meme (Wired)

Cooks Source magazine vs. the Web (LA Times)

“I griggs’d the professor’s doctoral thesis from her website, and I even cleaned it up for her and told her she should give me an A, but she failed me anyway.”

Breathtaking editorial arrogance

Someone asked me “The Benefits of On-line Social Networking ?”

Seeing Facebook, Twitter, Bebo, Orkut, Flickr simply as marketing devices misses the point on many different levels. Web2.0 is less about networking and more about online communities. There is tremendous potential in this, but also many pitfalls.

The only way to get traction from the WOM potential is to the spend time not only getting familiar with the causal lexicon and unspoken rules, but to achieve a certain amount of ‘immersion’ through the experience.

You need to make a commitment to reach out to other members of the community, to get involved, establish your online ‘street cred’, gain trust and make a few real friends through this process. The last thing you want is to be seen as a social network ‘spammer’ – using the access to many different people who share interests to send un-wanted spam. I have had to drop a number of people off my ‘approved’ list due to inappropriate zeal in sending out unwanted invites to groups after I made a personal appeal to remove me from their list.

Of course, there is never enough time in the day to do this across the spectrum of available social websites. Establishing accounts with Facebook, Linked In, Beebo, Flickr is something that over time will be potentially useful, but the key is to find one site that fits your interests and passions, and to focus on getting immersed in the experience, put yourself out there, develop some real connections with people you that share your interests and passions.

Tricky stuff, and not for the light of heart. An unspoken bargain is struck between you and the users in the community that participation is a two way street. In order for you to get connected to the movers and the shakers, you have to give to get back in return.

Transparency is a huge issue, due to the speed in which Google and the other search engines index content these days. Always a good idea to put down twitter after you have had one too many. If you like to engage in late night rants, I would look into creating some parallel accounts that do not have you true name or business name. You would be amazed at how fast twitter gets indexed by Google in certain keyword spaces.

What I find really exciting is the fact that the web is finally living up to it’s potential with these new online applications, Open Source, WiFi and mobile. People are engaging each other in new and unique ways, with simple, powerful tools and hi speed access. People are out there, fact checking and calling big media out on the table when the the spin doctors and political propaganda hide the truth, or engage in outright lying.

Advertising and Marketing is beginning to go through a paradigm shift due to the power social networks and user based content. This last year it has become clear that dismissing the complaints and concerns of the customer is done at the peril of the company’s bottom line.

The cool part about this phenomena is that is it happening now, and due to the hesitation and risks involved, many of the Fortune 500 – 1000 companies don’t seem to be able to wrap their minds around the strange notion of actually listening to their customer base (for a variety of different reasons). This presents a great opportunity for smaller companies and individuals to be able to establish themselves through the use of blogs, blog networks and social networks and create new relationships based on transparency and trust.

JPG Magazine closing it’s doors – erg !

JPG was a breakthrough, breakout magazine, and it will be used as a guide and a template for other future initiatives as we go forward into the uncharted territory of this ‘new age’ of photography.

Links to active discussions on and about JPG magazine below the fold.


JPG mag has come out of the photographic revolution that is happening here and now, where people are discovering photography though the availability of relatively inexpensive digital SLRs and point and shoots.

The ease of use, the low cost of no film, and the advent of ‘web2.0′ photo sharing sites like Flickr – one of the first ‘web2.0′ social networks using the power of server based site apps, is revolutionizing photography.

I have portfolios filled with tear sheets of my published work, and can say without a blink that one of my proudest moments in recent time was when I saw my work published in JPG magazine. Thank you again, JPG staff for being able to be included in a media event of our time, the advent of JPG Magazine !

The Unofficial JPG Magazine Group

The JPG Blog


Save JPG Magazine! group on FaceBook

Facebook, Facebook, Facebook, we hardley knew ye !

A relevant quote from the ether, found though Flickr:

“I’m done with Facebook. I’ve never really seen the value in it (except Scrabulous, perhaps) and I am getting increasingly uneasy about handing over so much information to them. The recent Beacon debacle was revelatory.

So I’m saying goodbye. I do sincerely hope that all 201 of my friends will continue to be my friends — you know where to find me! Please invite me to your parties via good ol’ fashioned email (I also accept phone calls); we can compare relative hotness and trivia knowledge in real life.

As it turns out, you can only *deactivate* your account on your own. An email to customer service revealed how to fully delete it from their servers:

“If you want your information removed from our servers, we can do this for you. However, you need to first log in, delete all profile content, and deactivate. Once you have cleared your account, let us know, and we’ll take care of the rest. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.”

Have you been thinking about leaving Facebook too? Please join me – let’s all do it this Friday at noon!” ( December 7, 2007 )

A few links here to listen to some feedback from the ether. Flickr Zuckerman himself and a Facebook movement to dump accounts (quoted above) . I don’t think a few hundred thousand leaving Facebook will make a dent, but this boils down to honesty and integrity, not really about privacy.

FaceBook Fumbles !

Facebook Revamps Beacon Program Amid Protests

“Confronted with growing resistance to it’s new ad program, Facebook late Thursday said it would no longer publish information about users’ online purchases without their explicit consent.

The move comes nine days after activist organization launched a protest group on Facebook demanding that the company revamp its three-week-old Beacon program, which tells members about their friends’ purchases on other sites. MoveOn urged that Facebook not share such information without first obtaining users’ affirmative agreement. By Thursday, more than 50,000 members had joined the MoveOn group, dubbed “Petition: Facebook, stop invading my privacy!”

Facebook capitulated to the protesters late Thursday, announcing that it would require users’ opt-in consent to the Beacon program.

One major e-commerce player,, told OnlineMediaDaily it suspended the Beacon program on Nov. 21–the same day The Associated Press reported that one Facebook member was dismayed to learn that her boyfriend had been notified about a gift she purchased for him at That was also the day influential Forrester Research analyst Charlene Li blogged about being “blindsided” when Facebook notified her friends that she had purchased a coffee table on Overstock.”