illadore (illadore) wrote,

Okay -- I thought I was done.

Johnny pointed out to me today the newest update from Cooks Source and from what I've read, I am portrayed as a big meanie. I should, 100x really... just ignore it and move on with my life as arguing with people over the internet -- lame -- and yet I can not seem to help myself.

For the record, I will happily post all the email exchanges between myself and Ms. Griggs if Ms. Griggs gives me permission.

I contacted Cooks Source five times: by voicemail October 28th, by email October 28th, by email again October 28th, by email November 2nd and by voicemail November 2nd. I believe that was giving Ms. Griggs a chance.

Not once did Cooks Source offer to pay me in any of those email exchanges -- or donate to CSJ. The apology Cooks Source gave me in an email was "If you want an apology, So Sorry, Monica!" -- I took that as sarcasm. As for my emails being rude -- I was demanding that "this" be fixed. I had one line of my own email that was borderline - "I am somewhat confused that I have to explain copyright to a magazine editor."

I do not think of myself as a big meanie in all of this -- I think of myself as a woman as mad as hell for having her work stolen and then being talked down to like I was a child. As I said, again, it was the principle of the thing -- my work was republished without my permission, my copyright was violated and I stuck up for myself.

Lessons learned:

Pay the writer.
Be nice to people.
Be mighty.

AND on this, I hope, really really really, -- I'm out.
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Ms. Griggs and her actions are an affront to every honest writer and editor in the world.

She imagines that other writers would know about this and NOT take offense? For all the vituperation, however humorous, on facebook, the reaction has been fairly mild, however Ms. Griggs sees it.

Alas for Ms. Griggs, Disney, Martha Stewart, PBS, et al. have yet to weigh in. No doubt they she will be feeling exceedingly finely grounded in copyright law by the end of this -- a few years from now.


November 17 2010, 02:31:51 UTC 9 years ago

That apology makes my eyes water in so many ways. What an illiterate baboon she is. And it is incredible that she's throwing such a big pity party for herself, the woman caught with over 160 plagiarised articles?

This, in particular, makes me laugh:

I never ment to hurt anyone, and I think I did a nice job for you, but the fact remains that I took this without asking you and that was so very wrong. Please find it in you heart to forgive me.

Shee rites reel gud!

Good for you for rising above her idiocy. Brava!
Ms. Griggs continues to need attitude adjustment. She's a nasty narcissist and no serious reader thinks you're the bad guy here. You don't have to do anything more.
You are anything but a big meanie. Have a fabulous week!
Do not for one second think you were anywhere near the wrong in your handling of this. JG is a serial thief. You just happened to be the lucky straw that broke the camel wide open. (wow, that's a horrible metaphor). The more she yaks, the more she shows she is an uneducated bumpkin with no values or ethics. She's lucky she stole from you and not me. It would have been an entirely different email exchange if she had. No matter how JG spins it, you were entirely within your rights to be 1000X meaner in your exchanges. I think you showed great restraint and grace in all this.


November 17 2010, 03:23:54 UTC 9 years ago

I agree with you 100%! The punishment for plagerism should be financial ruin. Now that she's out of a job, I'm sure you can sue her into the homeless shelter.

On the positive side, if you want to purchase a publication for your writings, I know of one you can get for cheap. :-)
That's an interesting point actually. If Monica were to buy Cooks Source (and PLEASE rename it Cook's Source or Cooks' Source!) I would pay a fairly high price for a subscription.


November 17 2010, 03:25:33 UTC 9 years ago

I chase my writings all over the internet. It is really tiring. I am a blogger, author and attorney and I get nonsense from people all the time when I ask them to please remove the blog posts they have taken from me, many times without permission or credit. I will get nonsense like, "The person who posted was just trying to HELP others!" Well, help ME, the author, by crediting my stuff.

I applaud bloggers who stand up for their rights and protect their hard work. Thank you.

Susan Elliott
Why not? File the complaint. Ask for maximum statutory damages. Shut them down, clean out their offices, take everything they have left. Auction it on ebay. every single artifact will be an authentic meme-relic of this little piece of justice served.

I will find you a lawyer who will file the suit if you like.
I'm amazed at how ridiculous all this has gone. She lifts your article without permission from another website (without their permission either), and blamed you for it. Then, after that blew up in her face so badly that she has to close her business, she actually continues to point fingers like she has no clue how much trouble that brought her in the first place. Epic.

PS. If the emails would really exonerate her as she seems to indicate in her message on the Cooks Source site, then she would give permission for you to share them publicly in full.
Well, I can agree with the first three words Judith Griggs wrote.

It's sad, really.

What she fails to mention in her entire diatribe of how tired and overworked she was, and how mean you were, was that it's not just that she "went to the www and 'found something' " and intended to contact you to negotiate compensation afterward. She leaves out that you never even knew, and would never have known had someone not congratulated you on this new writing gig.

And she has the chutzpah to write this trash about how unreasonable you are?? To imply that somehow the crashing and burning of her little (il)literary empire is your fault?? That your assertion of your rights was unreasonable? Here's an idea: don't steal someone else's stuff.

I propose a new word: "Griggsplain". For its definition, I cannot improve on the example currently being hosted on Cook's Source's website.

Judith Griggs may not have much left, and you may think that some lawyers will take one look at this sad excuse for a human being and let her fall on her own sword, but consider this: After 3 years, numerous times before judges, and a staggering amount of legal costs, the RIAA recently won a judgment against Jammie Thomas-Rasset for $1.5 million for illegally downloading and sharing 24 songs. Now while Mrs. Thomas-Rasset will surely appeal again, this goes to show the extent to which some lawyers will go to protect copyrights.

If Judith Griggs thinks things are bad now, she's about to take an express elevator straight down to the 4th Round of the 9th Circle of Hell.
If you're referring to Dante's Inferno, you just described Judecca, reserved for those who were traitors to their lords and benefactors. I think the more appropriate spot for Judith would be the 7th Bolgia of Malebolge -- the Thieves.


November 17 2010, 04:11:10 UTC 9 years ago

I saw the article attacking you on techcrunch. then I read the post the editor wrote, your blog, and you know what? You did the right thing, and if anything people should be dancing on the last issue of that magazine. They got 100% what they deserved, and you are nothing more than an innocent victim that had the gall to stand up for her rights. Bravo to you!!!
Hi Monica,
I can't believe the latest lame posting by Judith. She doesn't even acknowledge all of the other people she took content from. What makes me even madder is that she's still out "distributing" her free magazine, one that is likely filled with infringing content. Over the last few months she's taken three full articles - head notes, photos, recipes, from me.
No Monica, you're not a meanie. Thank you for standing up for yourself and in so doing, standing up for the rest of us too.
The editors of a writer's collective, inspired by your case and a recent incident on our own site ( have created a badge for bloggers to put on their content. In this case, we all have their permission to "steal." Please feel free to use it and pass it on. I have.

Thanks for fighting the good fight for all of us.
Man I feel your pain, I recently left an internship, when the editor/publisher tried to throw me under a bus, for her mistake. What is it with these people who should be professional, acting this way? I'm proud of you for standing up for what you believe in. I too chose that path, because I felt my credibility and integrity were on the line. :D Know that you inspire people, and she has shown how unprofessional she really is to the whole world with her message. Trust me when I say people aren't buying her garbage. :)

Big Hugs, Crystal R. Martin
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