Copyright Infringement and Me
Nov. 3rd, 2010 @ 11:14 pm
Uh, I'm an editor and just.. NO. NO. What the eff is she talking about? I have never lifted someone's work, rewritten it and taken credit because that's PLAGIARIZING. She could have contacted you, told you she liked the piece and wanted to help streamline it for publication. Anything else is just a blatant excuse.
Yes. I'm an editor as well and this whole thing just makes me cringe. When someone submits something that needs editing, I often give them some advice on what needs to be revised before they are offered a contract but I do not touch it
until I have received written permission to do so.
And while I have found work online that I like and would like to see published, the first step is contacting the author. There is no editing or layout or design or any action whatsoever until written permission is received. There is simply no way for something to be published without the author's permission because an ethical editor isn't going to move forward with a piece until he or she knows they're allowed to do so.
I'll be sending a letter to Cooks Source. Whatever happens, I think it's safe to say the court of public opinion is squarely on your side, Monica.
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