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How Canadian! - Elf M. Sternberg
How Canadian!
By now, most people know of the Cooks Source Kerfluffle. If not, here's the short form:

LiveJournalist Illadore found that her work regarding 15th Century apple pie recipes had been lifted entirely into an obscure for-print cooking magazine. When she complained to editor Judith Griggs, the response she received was:
The web is considered "public domain." You should be happy we just didn't "lift" your whole article and put someone else’s name on it! ... 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. ... You should compensate me!
Grigg's "editing" consisted of "fixing" the 15th century spellings, which Illadore had kept for authenticity. Needless to say, this so outraged the Internet writing community that whole-hog attention dropped on Cooks Source like the hand of Hestia, which quickly unveiled the magazines' operation: every article seemed to be lifted from an Internet source, including Martha Stewart, Disney, The Food Network, and Time-Warner Lifestyles.

At this point, the mainstream press picked it up. The headlines were written to be searchable, but headline writers still found the energy to be funny: And so on. Fury, rage, "cooked," "poached," the puns and anger (and there was a lot of righteous anger) was all on display there in the headlines themselves.

There is an old joke in the press that the most boring headline imaginable is this: "Worthwhile Canadian Initiative." The Canadian press play up this warm but calm reputation often, and they've outdone themselves this morning. The Canadian Broadcast Corporation wins an "Oh, Canada," (no exclamation points, please) award for this headline:

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amberite2112 From: amberite2112 Date: November 6th, 2010 07:32 pm (UTC) (Link)


is why i quit journalism, because theft happened to me on my college paper, in the name of standardization. pissed me off that the professor took the thief's side, so i got on my high horse and left the department. i've never once come to regret that decision.

my .02
doodlesthegreat From: doodlesthegreat Date: November 6th, 2010 09:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hardly the first time it's been done. When Dave Kelly had one of his designed ripped off by a t-shirt guy who supplies Hot Topic & the like, the Internet Detectives jumped on his ass and found that everything HE did was ripped off, too.
elfs From: elfs Date: November 6th, 2010 11:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, Wal-Mart got kerfluffled last year for ripping off art with its "No Boundaries" clothes line. Specifically, an SCA calligrapher found her work on a t-shirt and complained to Wal-Mart, which apparently did the right thing after all.

gromm From: gromm Date: November 7th, 2010 05:44 am (UTC) (Link)
I honestly don't think that the Canadian press plays that up. I think that's just the way we are.

And quite honestly, looking at the state of your media corps (and for that matter, politics), I'm rather glad of that. It's news. It's not supposed to be entertainment.
From: _candide_ Date: November 9th, 2010 03:16 am (UTC) (Link)
No, your press doesn't play it up. Well, except for, "As It Happens," which just makes really bad puns about it in their intro. ;)
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