We all know what plagiarism is, right? It’s wrong, it’s lazy-ass-writing, and should be punishable by being dunked in a pool full of gooey stuff of unknown origins.
An author’s work was stolen, and to add insult to injury, was “put back in her place” by the person who did the stealing. The massive WTFuckery, let me display it to you:
“I do know about copyright laws. It was “my bad” indeed, and, as the magazine is put together in long sessions, tired eyes and minds somethings forget to do these things. But honestly Monica, 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 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.”
For the first time in my entire life, I will swear online. What the fuck was that?! The perpetrator giving a lesson on professionalism to the victim?
The author’s site is here.
Nick Namatas talks about it here.
John Scalzi, in his inimitable whip-sharp style, comments here.
Neil Gaiman hisownself also had something to say right here. (on Twitter)
The Meanie of this Story is here, Cook Source magazine. Bad Cook Source. Very bad.