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Cooked up sources

What do you do when you find out your work has been stolen? Go to the mattresses. Or at least use the power of the internet to share your story.

When Monica Gaudio found out that a blog post of hers was published without her permission in Cooks Source Magazine, she contacted editor Judith Griggs to request apologies on Facebook and in the magazine, along with reasonable compensation in the form of a $130 donation to the Columbia School of Journalism. Not only did Griggs defend her use of Gaudio’s work, but she also suggested Gaudio pay for the editing done on the now portfolio-ready piece.

[…] the web is considered “public domain” and you should be happy we just didn’t “lift” your whole article and put someone else’s name on it! It happens a lot, clearly more than you are aware of, especially on college campuses, and the workplace. If you took offence [sic] and are unhappy, I am sorry, but you as a professional should know that the article we used written by you was in very bad need of editing, and is much better now than was originally. Now it will work well for your portfolio. For that reason, I have a bit of a difficult time with your requests for monetary gain, albeit for such a fine (and very wealthy!) institution. We put some time into rewrites, you should compensate me! Source

This has, as expected, enraged writers, editors, and readers across the internet who have been tweeting and posting to Cooks Source‘s Facebook page. Unfortunately, Gaudio’s story is not unique. The scandal has caused closer scrutiny of other content in the magazine, and has already found several more instances of plagiarism. In this digital age, copy+paste makes it easier than ever to plagiarize content, strip bylines or sources, and label it ethical publishing. But it also means that tracking down offenders and increasing awareness can be done through a series of clicks. Educate yourself about copyright and the internet and protect your content.

In the Workplace with Mark Fulton

Name: Mark Fulton
Title: Web Developer, Domainer, Entrepreneur, Blogger
Website/Blog: DotSauce Magazine
Location: Jacksonville, NC

Mark Fulton with sister Rachel Fulton
Mark with sister Rachel Fulton

Tell us about your educational/professional background.
My strongest passion has always been online business, being an entrepreneur and writing my own destiny (no pun intended). I started a web hosting and design company in 1998 while a freshman in high school. It was a life-changing initiative for me. I was 15 and taking on clients like the local country club, Chamber of Commerce, musicians, small business, organizations, and more. I would later learn that tech support and updating websites for people was not so rewarding. I got into developing advertiser-supported community websites of my own — some reached thousands of members.

My second passion is writing! I wandered the campuses of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington for three years, absorbing some of the various offerings that piqued my interests. I soon found that business school wasn’t for me (turns out my anti-passion is calculus), so I pursued a study of professional writing and creative writing. I had always loved writing stories, poetry, and blogging.

I nearly finished at UNCW, less than a year of credits to graduation, but a culmination of events such as failing Computer Science 201 (which I could have taught in my sleep, but did not succeed at taking the final exam in my sleep) and other misfortunes led me to take an extended hiatus to pursue my own online business interests. I have looked at going back to finish, but I’m waiting for the right time as it would only distract from my current business growth.

Tell us about your current job.
I founded DotSauce Magazine in early 2007 as a destination for those interested in domain names. Domaining is the business of buying, selling, and otherwise making money with .COM addresses. I also cater to front-end web developers (not programmers), WordPress enthusiasts, online marketers, bloggers, and online entrepreneurs.

Some of my other active projects are focused on Twitter. I’ve created a Twitter Forum and Twitter app for creating lists of friends.

I also sell domain names occasionally at AQDN.com – Affordable Quality Domain Names. Continue reading

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