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Monica Gaudio published a history of apple pie several years ago, only to hear from a friend that it had appeared in Cook’s Source magazine.

The magazine did not compensate Monica for her article, nor did it even contact her for approval. When Monica contacted the editor, she was not only told to take a hike because “everything on the internet is public domain,” but that she should pay Cook’s Source for editing her article.

Monica published the story, with a few bits of email correspondence, on her livejournal. Then the internet exploded.

Currently, the Cook’s Source Facebook page is covered with thousands of insults.

“Cooks Source” isĀ  a worldwide trending topic on Twitter.

The story is getting coverage in the Washington Post, Gawker, and the Guardian.

It’s hard to tell whether the editor really believes that anything appearing on the internet is public domain or if she is just a bitch. One thing is certain, this isn’t the first time she has taken someone else’ work. The furor over this individual incident led hundreds of people on the internet to subject other articles to scrutiny, and it is being alleged that Cook’s Source has lifted articles from various bloggers, NPR, Martha Stewart and others.

Being friendly to Monica (and avoiding systematic plagiarism) could have stopped this woman’s career from being ruined.


This was just posted on the Cook’s Source Facebook page:

Hi Folks!Well, here I am with egg on my face! I did apologise to Monica via email, but aparently it wasnt enough for her. To all of you, thank you for your interest in Cooks Source and Again, to Monica, I am sorry — my bad!You did find a way to get your “pound of flesh…” we used to have 110 “friends,” we now have 1,870… wow!Best to all, Judith

Most of the comments are insults. Several commentators noted the typos in the apology.