Writer to pay for her own stolen work?

November 6, 2010

Check out this crazy ass article from Gawker in which a magazine editor steals a writer’s work, puts it in her magazine, and then, when the writer calls her out on it and asks for an apology and a donation to a journalism school, retaliates by saying the writer should pay HER for the time spent editing and rewriting the stolen article.

Ballsy.

But it doesn’t stop there. Check out the Gawker article for follow-ups and links (as well as the editor’s actual response to the original writer I mentioned), and how angered people have discovered that this editor’s magazine sure seems to be doing a LOT of “borrowing.” I’m curious where this will go. I have a feeling that when you (allegedly) take work from Martha Stewart, Oprah, and Disney (unless you received permission; am I being ballsy in guessing this editor probably didn’t?) then copyright lawsuits may be in the future. Needless to say, I’ll be following this to see what happens next. Hopefully, for this editor’s sake, it was just a fluke and she only stole the one article. But I doubt it.

Just think… if the editor had just admitted she was wrong, apologized to the writer, and coughed up $130 bucks to a journalism school, she probably could have continued doing this for years.

p.s. No, the internet is not actually “public domain.” Articles written and posted online are still covered by copyright laws.

p.p.s. This reminds me of something that would appear on SNL’s “Really!?!” sketches.

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