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Greetings, World!

Again, I would like to thank you all who have shown an interest in what happened to me. It is flabbergasting and overwhelming. Much love to you all -- especially those who have followed the golden rule (please use your powers for good) and have been nice to the advertisers. I would like to point out that 2nd Street Baking Company (one of the advertisers that pulled out of Cooks Source) has asked that if you would like to support those advertisers pulling out of Cooks Source, you can donate to the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts here - http://www.foodbankwma.org/

A number of you have also commented that you have donated to the Columbia School of Journalism. Good for you and thank you!

I am trying to read everything but, again, a bit overwhelmed with the amount of comments and information. If you really need to get a hold of me, please contact me at @illadore over at twitter.

Next, you all have been asking me a lot of questions. I have been trying to answer what I can but let's talk about some of the basics (as I understand them):

Plagiarism is when one takes another's work and basically says its theirs. If I were to take say take the beautiful poem "This is Just to Say" by William Carlos Williams and slapped my name on it and called it "The Ice-Box Poem," then that would be plagiarism.

Copyright infringement is the unauthorized or prohibited use of works under copyright, infringing the copyright owner's exclusive rights, such as the right to reproduce or perform the copyrighted work, or to make derivative works. (From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright_infringement) So, if you were to take my copyrighted work and publish it for profit without my permission, that would be copyright infringement.

Those are the basics. After that, it gets somewhat complicated, which is why you get a lawyer. On that note, I have found a very nice attorney who is working with me. :)

Still no contact from Cooks Source since the Tuesday email.

I have no real plans on writing a cookbook -- there are some amazing ones out there on medieval cookery already, including anything written by Terence Scully (especially The Neapolitan Recipe Collection), as well as books by other authors such as The Medieval Kitchen. They have done some absolutely beautiful scholarly work on the subject -- I am just an amateur that likes to take those recipes and make them into food.

On that note, for everyone who said they were going to make my apple pie recipes -- awwwwww. You know just what to say to make a cook happy.

Peace out. Be Mighty. Follow the Golden Rule.
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Date:November 9th, 2010 08:02 pm (UTC)


You rock. Rather disingenuous apology on their webpage. Hopefully you'll get more than a belated honoring of your initial request.
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Date:November 10th, 2010 07:02 am (UTC)
What the editor did was totally out of order. The funny thing is I kind of had the same thing happen to me, but with an online magazine. They stole the articles & layout from my own online magazine. I asked them to take them down & they took down their entire site & apologized.

It sucks that you got a half-assed apology from what is supposed to be a professional offline magazine. I like that advertisers are pulling out though. That is getting them where it hurts.

I'm also glad you got lawyered up. You have every right to be pissed & I hope you get something out of it. You know the old saying: karma is a bitch.

- Sha
Date:November 10th, 2010 04:58 pm (UTC)

WCW-The Icebox poem

I have stolen the words that were on the blog and which you were probably saving for profit Forgive me the response was so harsh and so cold
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Date:November 10th, 2010 05:04 pm (UTC)

Re: WCW-The Icebox poem

Oh! That's brilliant!!!
Date:November 12th, 2010 03:04 am (UTC)

Cooks Source

You've no doubt realised that you're not alone in having to deal with idiots out there who have no concept of copyright :) I've had a similar thing happen working as a photographer, through finding out that a small number of people have decided to use my work to actively advertise their businesses without letting me know or compensating me, including having an Editor of a publication using one of my submitted photographs to advertise his publication on Facebook without letting me know or asking for permission, and who should have known better in his line of work. The writer of the article in that same publication decided to lift my photograph to use on her own website as part of her portfolio without asking me for permission or letting me know.

Anyway, just wanted to wish you all the best, and your apple pie recipe sounds amazing by the way :)
Date:November 12th, 2010 03:07 am (UTC)

Couldn't stop laughing when watching this :)

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