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Cooks Source is a magazine that unilaterally distributes online recipes and tales to New England housewives. As printed media is far superior to online media, head editor Judith D. Griggs believed that it's the dream of every online writer to have their intellectual property printed in her magazine and that online copyrights were an old wives' tale told by DeviantArtists. Unfortunately, Griggs decided to lift the work of a very protective medieval cuisine connoisseur, and the fallout would tear a gaping hole in her business's public relations. Monica Gaudio asked Griggs to apologize and pay up, but Griggs decided to bite back instead. Griggs soon discovered that reparations would never be the same.
Sometime in October / November, Illadore de Bedegrayne (Monica Gaudio) was shocked to learn that her "Tale of Two Tards" article was lifted from the open web and published without compensation or permission in the October 2010 issue of Cooks Source. Illadore contacted the magazine and requested an sincere apology and a donation of $130 to the Columbia School of Journalism.
Cooks Source editor Judith D. Griggs didn't take Illadore's demands seriously. According to Griggs, Illadore should be grateful. The Internet was there for her to harvest. In fact, Griggs claimed that Illadore should be paying her:
Yes Monica, I have been doing this for 3 decades, having been an editor at The Voice, Housitonic Home and Connecticut Woman Magazine. I do know about copyright laws. It was "my bad" indeed, and, as the magazine is put together in long sessions, tired eyes and minds somethings forget to do these things.
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!
Illadore wasn't amused, so she posted the incident on her LiveJournal for all the world's Anons to see. Anonymous was outraged. Griggs was stealing their work "ALWAYS for free" and profiting off of it. Anonymous couldn't let this stand, so a they declared war on Cooks Source. The news spread, and Cooks Source's Facebook page was littered with insults and complaints. cookssource.com was DDoS'd, and Anonymous flooded the magazine's advertisers with complaints.
On November 9, 2010, Griggs posted an extremely long rant on cookssource.com:
On November 17, 2010, Griggs released her final statement on the site:
Later, cookssource.com was taken down, several Facebook pages were taken down, and Griggs stated that the magazine would be discontinued. Morale of the story is: The Internet is more powerful that one may think. In the future, don't treat its users as if they were children contributing macaroni paintings to the "public domain."